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Teens force grand-mother to beg for change

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HOUSTON (FOX 26) -

Walking into your neighborhood Walmart has always been sort of an adventure for some but, what happened in the parking lot of a Porter location may be shocking.

Amanda White shops at Walmart. She says, "it's pretty ridiculous for kids to do that."

It's actually more than ridiculous. Montgomery County Investigators say the actions of twin brothers James and Joshua Cerda along with their friend Ashley Ramey are criminal.

They're accused of forcing James and Joshua's 76 year old grandmother to go into this Walmart parking lot daily and beg shoppers for money.

Montgomery County Precinct 4 Constable Kenneth "Rowdy" Hayden is handling the case. He says, "I was really shocked that it was happening here in our community and the two subjects that are in custody here are subjects that we've been dealing with and it didn't surprise me much."

Investigators say the 19 year old twin brothers have been in and out of the juvenile justice system in Montgomery County for years.

Constable Hayden says both were unemployed and in order to make spending money for themselves they put their grandma on the streets to panhandle.

"She had instructions from them they would drop her off and she would go beg for money from citizens - the deputy was actually flagged down by some citizens who were complaining," says Hayden.

Investigators want to know if the trio also had other elderly people out begging. They've been slapped with a little used state law called exploitation of the elderly...a felony.

We spoke with some Walmart shoppers about the incident and Jim Lindenau says, "it's crazy and I think they out to be arrested...they have been arrested. And I think that's a good thing."

Hayden says he's also turning the case over to Adult Protective Services.

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