Angela Cunningham was constantly after her mother to lock her doors.
Even after a burglar broke in — or walked in — to Marilyn Eversole’s Mount Vernon apartment at Hiawatha Senior Village about six months ago and stole her television while Eversole slept, Cunningham wasn’t able to persuade her mom to lock up.
On Tuesday morning, it happened again, but with a much more tragic result.
A man again came into Eversole’s home to rob her and killed the 80-year-old woman. Yesterday, police weren’t saying how Eversole died or where her body was found in the apartment.
Her killer was taking her new TV when he apparently was stopped by Eversole’s home-health aide, who had just shown up for work. There reportedly was a scuffle, and the aide — not identified by police yesterday — was injured.
Last night, she was at Knox Community Hospital, but authorities weren’t releasing her condition.
Tyrone A. Caldwell, 34, was arrested yesterday afternoon and charged with aggravated murder and aggravated burglary in the case.
Caldwell, of 6 W. Chestnut St., Apt. 1, in Mount Vernon, is scheduled to appear in Municipal Court this morning. Police didn’t say how they connected him to the death.
Eversole’s apartment is one of 73 at Hiawatha Senior Village, an independent-living community for people 62 years or older or with handicaps or disabilities.
Eversole’s unit is at the back of the complex. Each unit is equipped with a pull-cord alarm in the bathroom and bedroom that, when activated, sounds a loud alarm and turns on lights throughout the complex.
That alarm was activated about 8 a.m. yesterday, likely by the aide who was found in the bathroom of Eversole’s apartment.
Eversole’s neighbor, Craig Dill, said he heard a disturbance shortly before the alarm went off and stepped outside to investigate, only to see a man emerging from Eversole’s apartment with a television.
Dill, 48, gave chase and said the man dropped the TV, then escaped.
“I thanked him later,” complex manager Sherry Ward said of Dill. “He put his life on the line.”& amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; amp; lt; /p>
“She’ll be missed,” Norma Hubbel, 78, a neighbor said of Eversole. “It’s very upsetting, and I’m scared. It could happen to any of us older people.”
Jack Cunningham, Angela’s husband, described his mother-in-law as “a very secure, aggressive woman.”
“She could do about anything,” he said. “She was an LPN (licensed practical nurse) in the early days. Then she drove a semi-truck for a while.”
“She was ornery,” Ward said.
Shortly after the 911 call from the senior complex, three nearby schools — Pleasant Street Elementary, Dan Emmett Elementary and Northgate Head Start Schools — were placed on lockdown. They reopened shortly after the arrest.
Court records show that Caldwell has prior convictions in Knox and Franklin counties. He pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property in Franklin County in 1998 and 2000 and served six months in jail each time.
He also was convicted of possession of cocaine in Knox County in 2006 and domestic violence in 2011.
Eric Lyttle - The Columbus Dispatch, Ohio (MCT)
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