Updated at 2:46 p.m. July 20, 2017

A man who allegedly bashed his 81-year-old mother dozens of times with metal pipes at her Mira Mesa home, gravely injuring her, was behind bars Thursday on suspicion of assault, elder abuse and attempted murder.

The victim returned from an outing shortly after 7:30 p.m. Wednesday to find her son, 36-year-old Theodore Charles Guenther, in front of her house in the 8900 block of Capcano Road, according to San Diego police Officer John Buttle.

During a tense confrontation, the woman squirted Guenther with a garden hose and told him to go take his medication, Buttle said. Instead, the suspect allegedly picked up a pair of 2-foot-long copper pipes and attacker her with them.

After being hit about 10 times, the victim staggered inside to call for help, but the suspect snatched her cellphone away and continued the beating, knocking her to the floor, Buttle alleged. At that point, the woman lay motionless until the assault finally ceased and her son left, he said. She then managed to make a 911 call.

Medics took her to a trauma center for treatment of life-threatening injuries.

Patrol officers found the suspect, along with his makeshift weapons, at a nearby park and took him into custody.

Guenther was being held at San Diego Central Jail without bail pending arraignment, scheduled for Friday afternoon.

— City News Service

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