The Herald Bulletin

Morning Update

Local News

August 23, 2013

Police arrest teen suspected of raping 93-year-old woman

ANDERSON, Ind. — Police arrested a teen in connection with the July rape of a 93-year-old woman on Friday.

The name of the 17-year-old male cannot yet be released because he is a juvenile. Officially, police have the suspect on a 72-hour hold until more evidence can be gathered, but Anderson Police Department spokesman Joel Sandefur said he believes they’ve found the culprit.

The teen, who was already incarcerated at the Madison County Youth Center, will face a hearing on Monday where he will be waived to adult court. While some crimes might not qualify for a minor to be tried as an adult, Madison County Prosecutor Rodney Cummings said it is merely a formality in this case.

“It will be automatic,” Cummings said.

The attack happened after midnight on July 16 in the elderly woman’s home in the 3600 block of Hamilton Place in the Polish Acre neighborhood. The suspect broke into her locked house, seemingly with the sole purpose of raping her. Nothing was reported stolen from the home and nothing was vandalized. Sandefur called the attack “heinous.”

According to Sandefur, the department will publish a press release on Monday providing more information about the suspect and the investigation.

“We know the case has caused a lot of concern in the community and we’ll be able to discuss it a little more on Monday,” the detective said.

The attack has garnered some attention from the community due of the nature of the crime and because the victim was a guest of honor at Colts training camp at Anderson University earlier this month. She met with team owner Jim Irsay, head coach Chuck Pagano and star quarterback Andrew Luck at camp on Aug. 4.

Cummings said police worked tirelessly on this case and should be commended.

“We’ve had a few cases like this over the course of my career,” said the prosecutor. “There’s been a handful that I think were more disturbing than this one, but just a handful. This one got our attention.”

Attempts to contact the victim and her family on Friday were unsuccessful.

Like Jack Molitor on Facebook and follow him @aggiejack4 on Twitter, or call 640-4883.

1
Text Only
Local News
  • news_indfloods.jpg County escapes major storm damage

    Despite strong winds and heavy storms Thursday night, Madison County property escaped relatively unscathed. While downed tree limbs and power lines led to a power outage for about 2,000 residences in Anderson, there were no reports of structure damage in the county.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • NWS -  HB0823 - Fire-Rozelle Johnson - JC 28a.jpg Lightning might have caused Anderson funeral home fire

    A lightning strike is suspected of starting a fire at Rozelle-Johnson Funeral Services, Ind. 32 and Rangeline Road, early Friday morning.

    August 22, 2014 3 Photos

  • Teen arrested in alleged robbery, battery of teen girl A teen faces felony charges after allegedly luring and driving another girl out to a county road, robbing the girl at knifepoint and leaving the girl out on the road at night.

    August 22, 2014

  • ACS incumbents facing election challenge Most incumbents seeking re-election to various school boards in Madison County will be facing challengers in the November 4 general election.

    August 22, 2014

  • SWAT Challenge to move to Camp Atterbury The 13th Annual Indiana SWAT Challenge will again be hosted by the Delaware County Sheriff's Office, but this year will move to a larger venue.

    August 22, 2014

  • Pendleton Heights clips Muncie Central 28-21 MUNCIE — Pendleton Heights began its season with a win, defeating Muncie Central 28-21. Quarterback Jarred Hubble ran for two 1-yard touchdowns and Christian Gonzalez completed both with extra points kicks. Jake Brooks added another touchdown from an

    August 23, 2014

  • Reservoir could be needed shot in the arm The proposed Mounds Lake Reservoir is being described as the needed shot in the arm that would put Anderson back on the map.

    August 23, 2014

  • VanNess, William mug Local Briefs: Aug. 23 A compilation of news items of local and statewide interest as published in the Saturday edition of The Herald Bulletin.

    August 22, 2014 1 Photo

  • Coats: Obamacare won't be repealed U.S. Sen. Dan Coats said the Affordable Care Act will not be repealed and that Congress needs to focus on many modifications to the law affecting health care in America.

    August 22, 2014

  • Anderson cop Richardson loses rank Seven months after Anderson Police officer Bill Richardson was arrested in January but not criminally charged, the department has disciplined the officer.

    August 22, 2014

August Staff Photos


Buy and browse more photos from The Herald Bulletin

More Resources from The Herald Bulletin
Auto Industry Book
Hyperlocal Search
Premier Guide
Find a business

Walking Fingers
Maps, Menus, Store hours, Coupons, and more...
Premier Guide
Facebook