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Couple says son's friend beat them with baseball bat, stole 2 guns

Posted at 12:39 PM, Jul 09, 2018

A Canton couple said a friend of their adopted son beat them with an aluminum baseball bat and stole two handguns from their home Sunday. Both the son and his friend were later arrested.

Police responded to a home on Garfield Road at about 5:30 p.m. Sunday to investigate an aggravated burglary report, according to a news release from Canton police. They found a 52-year-old woman unconscious on the front porch with serious visible injuries to her head. Inside the home was a 66-year-old man with visible injuries.

The victim said their adopted son, identified as 23-year-old Derek Hughes, and his friend, 26-year-old Maurice Jackson, came to the home. A short time later, Jackson began beating the couple with an aluminum baseball bat, police said.

After the beating, Jackson and Hughes fled the home with a .38-caliber revolver, a .22-caliber pistol, ammunition, keys and a wallet, police said.

The victims were taken to a nearby hospital; the woman was admitted in serious condition, according to police.

At about 9:30 a.m. Monday morning, Jackson and Hughes were arrested at 200 High Ave. Southwest and charged with aggravated burglary, police said.