CONROE, TX (KTRK) --A 70-year-old grandmother was taken to jail after an encounter with police. Her family says officers shouldn't have even been at the home in the first place.
"I have never experienced anything so terrible and all the days of my life," said Judy Cox.
"They destroyed my home and left without any explanation," added Ysonji Lundy's.
All the drama started when HPD officers showed up at Ysonji Lundy's home out in Spring.
"At least four or five cops came there and they told me that they were there looking for an iPad and the trace came back to my address," added Lundy.
She says the officers asked if they could search her home.
"I told them no, to get a search warrant and I shut the door," said Lundy.
She says five minutes later, officers came back to the door.
"They told me they had probable cause and they had talked with the district attorney," she said.
Lundy claims the owner of the stolen iPad was there with police.
HPD confirms officers were at the house Saturday afternoon for a theft investigation involving a car break-in that happened last week in the 3300 block of Smith in Houston. The officers searched the Lundy's home upside down, but they didn't find anything.
But things get worse. Here's where grandma comes in. Cox says during the search an officer grabbed her purse.
"I asked what are you doing?" Cox said.
She says her purse wasn't even big enough to hold an iPad.
"Everything that was in my purse I earned," added Cox.
Cox says the officer roughed her up good.
"He slammed me against the wall so hard that my hair fell off, my wig," she said.
But while reaching after her purse, Cox says she accidentally scratched the officer's face.
"Then they tell me oh you assaulted a police officer. I said I'm sorry I was reaching for my purse. They arrested me and handcuffed me in front of my grandchildren and my children and took me to jail," she said.
Cox was booked in the Montgomery County Jail and charged with assaulting a peace officer.
"I was humiliated. But being placed under arrest and put in jail by people who weren't supposed to be there in the first place. And they want to make me out to be some monster. I'm not a violent person. I've been an educator for over 40 years. I even told the police officers I was just going for my purse," she said.
The family's home left in a big mess. They called activists Quanell X, who's questioning why HPD traveled outside of its jurisdiction and used so much manpower over an iPad.
"Looking for an iPad, and suspiciously, the victim is right there with them. Who is this victim that's so important?" said Quanell X.