St. Pete woman, 63, in critical condition after brutal break-in

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Video: Woman, 63, in critical condition after brutal break-in

Christopher Andrews, 41, was arrested in Pinellas County on charges of home invasion robbery and attempted 1st degree murder, after reportedly conspiring to break in to a home and brutally beat a 63-year-old woman.

St. Petersburg, Florida-- "It's absolutely disgusting."

That's what one neighbor said about the alleged actions of three suspects: Christopher Andrews, Danielle Tennis and Carrie Marcink, who cops say hatched a plot to rob a home... but it almost ended in death for the owner, 63-year-old Jihi McEvoy .

According to police, Marcink was friends with McEvoy's son Mickey White, who lives in the home with her. Marcink asked him to go with her to the ATM so she could pay back money she owed him, but that was the diversion.  

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Cops say while Mickey was gone with Marcink for a mere 30 minutes, Tennis and Andrews ransacked the house, and the 6'6, 300 pound Andrews beat the elderly woman with his fists.

When Mickey returned home, he found his mother laying on the floor, severely beaten, and unable to respond to his questions. 

He called 911, and when police arrived Mickey told them about the ATM run with Marcink. 

After launching an investigation, cops were able to link Marcink to the night's events, and after taking her into custody, officials say the rest of the puzzle's pieces came together. 

According to the arrest affidavit, Marcink confessed to a plan to get Mickey out of the house so the other two could rob it. Police arrested both Tennis and Andrews, and they say while Tennis confessed, Andrews denied any involvement. 

Crime investigators processed the home for evidence, and McEvoy was taken to Bayfront Medical Center with severe upper body trauma. As of Wednesday night, she's listed there in critical condition. 

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