A Florida couple is staring down charges after seriously assaulting an old woman.

The Miami Herald reports that last Thursday an elderly woman was driving around with her grandson, 25-year-old Michael Rubio and his girlfriend, 27-year-old Jacquelyn Carrasquillo.

An argument ensued when the older woman refused to drive Rubio and Carrasquillo somewhere to have sex.

The couple continued to argue with Rubio's grandmother until she stopped the car, got out and started heading home.

That's when things took a terrible turn.

According to Local 10 News, the couple got out of the car and hit the elder victim several times, “causing lacerations on her face and throwing her to the ground.”

The victim then ran home, and the couple were arrested later that night.

Sadly, elder abuse is on the rise in Florida.

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According to the Orlando Sentinel:

In Florida, the number of verified cases of elder abuse and neglect has climbed 74 percent since 2011, according to the Florida Department of Children and Families. In 2015, the statewide total was 2,525.

More than 800 people have been charged with elder abuse and neglect in Florida in the past five years, according to the Office of State Courts Administrator. More than 370 have been convicted or sentenced.

Rubio and Carrasquilla have both been charged with battery to a person 65 or older.

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