Brothers help elderly woman after arrest warrant issued for high grass

Jun 22, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. ET
Image: KXTX-10 News

Lawn maintenance appears to be a big deal in one Texas town. If you aren't careful, you could end up in court or have a warrant issued for your arrest.

Four brothers are being praised for their random act of kindness after watching a news report that inspired them to act. KWTC 10 News reveals Gerry Suttle, a 75-year-old woman, had an arrest warrant issued after failing to appear in court because of a lawn violation. City code for Riesel, Texas, mandates grass be no taller than 18 inches, a height the lot across from Suttle's home she owns surpassed. As a result of her infraction, a court summons was sent that Gerry claims she never received. Her failure to show up soon led to a warrant for her arrest.

Equipped with push lawn mowers and the help of two local Good Samaritans with riding mowers, the Reynolds brothers came to Suttle's aid. "We haven't met her yet, but she's 75 years old, and she needs some mowing," said Blaine Reynolds. "That's the least we could do." The group was able to cut down Gerry's lot in two hours. "I really wouldn't want her coming out here and doing it or paying someone else to when we could have just done it for free," notes Brandon Reynolds.

You would think this story had a happy ending, but as it turns out, Gerry is still facing legal action. "Just leave me alone," said Suttle. "I don't know how much longer I've got to live here."

With a freshly cut lawn, Gerry was told to go to court and sign documents indicating she never received a summons, and that would clear up this misunderstanding. Unfortunately it appears another was issued in her name — shortly after the boys spent all that time cutting her grass. "It is very heartbreaking to see that someone that I didn't even know came out and spent two hours in the sun doing what we thought the city wanted done and then them turn around and say 'no'," said Gerry.

"I'd do it for her a second time, or a third time," admits Blaine Reynolds. "Anything to keep that lady from having to go to court."

It's pretty hard for me to picture a 75-year-old woman mowing a lot of grass in the Texas heat. Given the series of storms passing through the Lone Star State, if your home wasn't severely damaged — or washed away — you can expect grass to grow pretty quickly. This can make general maintenance a pain in your side. Given Gerry has lived in her home for close to 60 years, I'm not sure if she knows all the specifics regarding city codes and regulations. Perhaps she could've avoided this whole debacle if she had hired someone to cut her grass, or maybe she intended to do so. At least she has a chance to clear things up in court.

Just make sure you pay those boys next time if they come to help.

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