Richmond police say a 22-year-old poured gasoline on his grandfather, and they arrested him before he could find a lighter.
A witness says the grandson looked like a zombie, completely emotionless and not speaking at all while he beat on his grandparents.
Richmond Police arrested 22-year-old Eddie Rose, II. Police say he tried to kill his grandparents. A neighbor heard screams.
"Just knew something bad had happened, but they didn't deserve it at all, and I don't feel no pity to him, nothing, nothing," said Derrick Taplin.
Police say Rose stomped on his grandmother's head, fracturing her skull, and breaking bones in her neck.
Police say Rose poured gasoline on his grandfather, and was looking for a lighter when they arrived on the scene.
"We believe that the grandson was about to try to set him on fire until we intervened," said Assistant Chief Bob Mott, Richmond Police.
When police arrived a witness says the grandmother, with broken bones in her neck, was yelling to police 'Don't arrest him! Don't arrest him! It's mental! It's mental.'
Taplin says Rose frequently stayed with his grandparents. He says they were about to kick him out. After police made the arrest, Taplin says Rose showed no remorse.
"Beat someone, torture them, try to pour gasoline on them, that's pain for the rest of your life, and for it to be a family member, that's something that could scar you and mess you up for the rest of your life. It's torture. That was malicious," said Taplin.
He never wants Rose to be free.
"Me personally, I think they should set him on fire," said Taplin.
Rose declined to speak with us from jail.