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Couple Beats Grandmother for Money, Goes on the Run, Gets Busted by Facebook: Police

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Lincoln County Sheriff
Jennifer Coleman and Mark Kerpash.
Police credit Facebook for the arrest of a couple on the run for three days after beating an 87-year-old woman until she wrote them a $500 check.

Mark Kerpash, 28, of Hawk Point, Mo., faces four felony charges after assaulting his grandmother and threatening to kill her until she gave him money, according to the Lincoln County Sheriff's Office.

Kerpash's grandmother is in the hospital with a broken pelvis.

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Lincoln County Sheriff
Coleman's alias is Kelli.
The sheriff's office went to arrest Kerpash, but he'd already bolted, so deputies posted his name, photo and description on Facebook. When they realized his girlfriend, Jennifer "Kelli" Coleman, 27, of Fulton, was helping him, they posted her photo, too.

The photos were shared hundreds of times, and residents of Lincoln County flooded the Facebook page with tips. The couple was looking for a ride out of the county, tipsters said.

"Kerpash's desperation to leave Lincoln County was evident when he started accepting help from social media acquaintances who were not considered actual friends," says Sheriff John Cottle. "If it was not for the help and trust of our citizens, I do not believe we would have apprehended Kerpash as fast as we did."

Police arrested the couple late Wednesday night, crediting connections through social media.

"I can't thank the citizens enough, along with the men and women of the sheriff's office, for their tireless efforts and persistence in this case," Cottle posted on Facebook. "The community was just as appalled with Kerpash's crime and wanted to answer for it as badly as we did."

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Kerpash and Coleman are both in jail booked on first-degree elder abuse, first-degree robbery, first-degree burglary and financial exploitation of an elderly person. Kerpash is held without bond, and Coleman's bond is $500,000 cash-only.

Kerpash was violating his parole when he was arrested. His rap sheet stretches back twelve years with convictions for trespassing, resisting arrest, property damage, marijuana possession, driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and assault. He also had two orders of protection filed against him in 2004 and 2006, according to court documents.

Follow Lindsay Toler on Twitter at @StLouisLindsay. E-mail the author at Lindsay.Toler@RiverfrontTimes.com.



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38 comments
BennyBob Northcutt
BennyBob Northcutt

Lmao that bitch looks like shes a crackhead wowww what a reaction. "Uh, seriously officer you arrested me for being a theiving whore? Wowwwwwww....."

Stu Katz
Stu Katz

Drugs cause scum to rise to the surface.

Debbie Mills
Debbie Mills

His rap sheet goes back 12 years. He didn't just wake up one day and decide to beat his Grandmother. Hopefully someone in the same jail beats the living daylights out of him.

Steve Mincer
Steve Mincer

put them in the gas chamber and get them off our planet.

Connie Esselman
Connie Esselman

They need to b beat repeatedly daily for the rest of their lives shit like this really pisses me off

Jeri Michelle Reuter
Jeri Michelle Reuter

What kinds of choices does a person make that leads them to beat their grandmother? I can't imagine.

Susan Smith
Susan Smith

I loved and respected my grandparents and would give anything to have them with me again, so I can't even imagine how someone could do such a thing. This disgusts me!

Lois Emery
Lois Emery

Hang them. Not worth my tax dollars to keep them alive!

tmarkbiz
tmarkbiz

Looks like they really methed up this time

Matt Thomas
Matt Thomas

They don't look like the type of people who commit crime. Oh, wait, yeah they do...

Andrea Donnelly
Andrea Donnelly

two people who are definitely worth the tax dollars to put away!

Bobby Costello
Bobby Costello

Can we just shoot them both in the head??? If nobody wants to I would happily do it

Chris Ward
Chris Ward

Just in time for Ugly Profile Picture Week!

Joe Martinez
Joe Martinez

instinctive or learned behavior? Each are a POS.

Coleman Higley
Coleman Higley

Just when I think we have hit bottom I found out we have a way to go.

Daren Cortez
Daren Cortez

That one wonky ear of his will be a good grip for all the Bubbas in jail. He'll get real familiar with the D.....

Teri Chadwick
Teri Chadwick

Winning Pieces of Humanity. I hope they get what's coming to them!

Dan Wilson
Dan Wilson

These white trash losers will get their payback in prison.

Kelly Maria
Kelly Maria

Such a lovely looking couple...smh!!! Losers !!!

Eddie Gregs
Eddie Gregs

All that for only 500 dollars? Your own grandmother? That makes me so very sad

dalediversity
dalediversity topcommenter

We don't know if they are guilty. And also, grannie might have started it

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