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August 26, 2013

Rape victim survived 'horrific' attack, police say

Teen charged with attack on 93-year-old

ANDERSON, Ind. —

Amelia Rudolf, 93, has been staying with family since July 16, when she was subjected to what Anderson Police Chief Larry Crenshaw called a "horrific and unimaginable" attack in her own home.

"I would like to go back because it's the house that my husband built for me and my family," Rudolf said Monday afternoon during a news conference at the Anderson Police Department. "And I've been happy there all my life until just now."

But Rudolf's not sure that she'll be able to go back after a man broke into her home that night in July and sexually assaulted her. Maybe after some time has passed, she said. 

Her alleged attacker, Iquise V. Taylor, 17, was arrested Friday and, already incarcerated at the Madison County Youth Center, waived onto adult court. Taylor was formally charged Monday with rape, criminal confinement, strangulation, burglary and violation of probation.

The attack happened after midnight on July 16 in Rudolf’s home, in the 3600 block of Hamilton Place in the Polish Acre neighborhood.

According to the probable cause affidavit, Taylor kicked in Rudolf's locked back door and confined her to the bed, covering her mouth with his hand and assaulting her. Nothing was reported stolen from the home and nothing was vandalized.

A witness told police that he was on his front porch around midnight when Taylor came up to him and asked if he had a cigarette. That witness noted Taylor did not have any shoes on and was acting odd — police found a footprint on Rudolf's back door that they believed to be a barefoot print or someone wearing socks but no shoes.

Taylor, who initially denied the attack during an interview in early August, did provide a DNA sample to police that matched DNA taken from Rudolf, the affidavit said.

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