Police: Modesto man attacks grandmother with meat cleaver

A Modesto man allegedly attacked his 72-year-old grandmother with a meat cleaver after an argument over money, police said.

The woman, who also was punched multiple times in the face and chest and suffered a broken ankle and collarbone, facial lacerations and internal bleeding, is expected to survive her injuries after undergoing surgery, according to Lt. Scott Blom of the Modesto Police Department.

The grandson, Aaron Rama Prasad, 26, is in Stanislaus County Jail after being arrested on suspicion of attempted homicide, elder abuse and a probation violation.

At 11:35 a.m. on Sunday, police were called to the woman’s apartment in the 1200 block of Norwegian Avenue by Prasad, who phoned to report that his grandmother had fallen down and suffered injuries, according to Blom.

When police arrived, it was quickly determined she had been beaten. The woman was able to tell officers what had happened, Blom said.

Apparently, Prasad accused his grandmother of stealing money from him, Blom said. An argument ensued, and Prasad, who was wearing a cast on his arm, allegedly began striking her in the face and kicking her in the chest before grabbing the cleaver, Blom said.

There was nobody else in the apartment at the time.

"It's unbelievable that someone would beat up a little old lady," Blom said.