Wife 'flabbergasted' by attack that broke 71-year-old husband's hip

Candace Luna, 29, charged with injury to elderly

SAN ANTONIO – An Adkins woman said an alleged attack that caused her 71-year-old husband to break his hip -- reportedly sparked by an argument about a shopping cart -- has left her "flabbergasted."

"I figured men do this, not women," said Judy Cornwell, at her home Friday.

According to an arrest affidavit, Ellis Cornwell, 71, was attacked outside a Walmart store in the 2100 block of SE Loop 410 on Aug. 24 after a disagreement with a woman in the parking lot.

The affidavit stated that the woman, now identified as Candace Luna, 29, hit him with her arm and knocked him to the ground.

"(She) body-slammed him. It tore his elbow up and broke his hip," Judy Cornwell said.

She said she found out her husband was injured when he called her from the store, saying that he had been hit.

Cornwell said she thought he was referring to a traffic accident at first. Later, she said she realized he meant that he had been physically assaulted.

The affidavit stated that Ellis Cornwell told San Antonio police he spoke up after the woman left her empty cart behind some parked cars.

That led to an argument which later turned physical, the affidavit stated.

"Apparently my husband said, 'That's not real considerate, you know? You could put (the cart) away,'" said Judy Cornwell.

Instead, Luna began to drive off, then circled back, ultimately locating Ellis Cornwell in front of the store, where he'd stopped to smoke, the affidavit stated.

Several witnesses told police they then saw Luna go on the attack, the affidavit stated.

One person wrote down the license plate number on the car, and police used it to track down Luna.

The affidavit stated that when police interviewed her, she told them she "possibly" hit him.

There's no doubt about what happened in Judy Cornwell's mind. She said it has left both her and her husband hurting. She said they're retirees and clean offices as a way to earn extra cash.

Her husband, however, has been off his feet since last month, recovering from his broken hip in a rehabilitation facility.

"He's bound and determined he's going to go back to work," she said. "He said he's going to take his walker and mop floors with it."

Luna was arrested Thursday on a charge of injury to the elderly. She was booked into the Bexar County jail with her bond set at $10,000.

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