Texas Teen Charged with Beating Grandmother with Hammer Caught in Miami

A horrific story of an 18-year-old man severely beating his grandmother with a hammer in Texas has ended in Miami as police captured the man after he fled.

Friends and family of Orange County, Texas resident Sylvia Vaughns, 51, hadn't heard from her since the weekend, and police were sent to check on Monday. They found Anderson with severe and possibly life threatening injuries. The alleged assailant: her own grandson, Horace Dempsey. He had attacked his grandmother with what is believed to have been a hammer.

Though, by the time Vaughns was discovered, Dempsey had fled the state in his 1996 white Ford Mustang with his teenage girlfriend and their two-month-old baby and was already believed to be in Florida.

Dempsey first stopped in Jacksonville where he dropped the woman and child off at her mother's house and then continued on to Miami. Police believe that he was headed to his mother's house here in Dade County. The girlfriend had cooperated with police, and tipped them off about his destination.

Though, when Dempsey arrived he was greeted by a tactical unit from the Miami-Dade Police Department and an officer from the Orange Police Department.

After her injuries Vaughns was transported by helicopter to a nearby hospital and remains their in critical condition. Police are investigating the crime as a possible attempted homicide.

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Kyle Munzenrieder