Three Texas teenagers forced their elderly grandmother to beg for money outside of a local Wal-Mart. Nineteen-year-old James Cerda Junior, his twin brother Joshua, and 18-year-old Ashley Ramey are now facing felony charges for exploitation of the elderly, and are now each being held in jail on a $3,000 bond. Ramey also faces charges on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court.
The grandmother, Margaret Campbell, says she collected less than $10 before being approached by the authorities. A deputy was flagged down by a Wal-Mart shopper and informed him of the situation that was going on outside of the store. She told the officer that the boys forced her to beg for money and to do it alone.
When the officer approached the three teens, Campbell said “He told those boys, you need to quit depending on your grandma for everything. You need to get out and find a job.”
Campbell lives with her grandsons in Liberty County and has helped raise them since they were infants. She now says her grandsons are not welcome back home.
She states this is not the first time her grandsons have intimidated her into begging for money.