A 93-year-old woman was raped and beaten to death, and a 19-year-old man—who may be an illegal alien—was charged with her murder after being found naked, passed out, and lying on top of the blood-covered victim, Omaha police say.
Douglas County prosecutors charged Sergio Martinez-Perez with first-degree murder Thursday after Louise Sollowin died of her injuries Wednesday. The incident occurred Sunday in the bedroom of the south Omaha house Sollowin had lived in for 71 years, according to the Journal Star.
Prosecutors say Martinez-Perez admitted assaulting and raping Sollowin after entering her home through an unlocked door, saying he was “angry with women” stemming from a night of drinking, the Journal Star added.
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The murder charge Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine filed Thursday will be added to the first-degree sexual assault, first-degree assault and burglary charges against Martinez-Perez. He is scheduled to be arraigned Friday.
Kleine said the murder charge applies to this case because Nebraska law allows murder charges when a victim dies as a result of the commission of another felony, such as rape.
Martinez-Perez had been working as a roofer and has no known ties to Omaha, police said. Douglas County jail officials said federal immigration officials have placed an immigration hold on Martinez-Perez, an indication that authorities believe he may be in the country illegally.
Sollowin’s daughter, who lived with her mother, heard Sollowin’s calls for help and found the man when she went to investigate, Sollowin’s granddaughter, Teresa Hartzell, said.
“It was just such a brutal and senseless thing,” Hartzell said.
Louise Sollowin grew up in Omaha’s Little Italy community, where her family started Orsi’s Bakery. Her husband, a World War II veteran, died about 30 years ago, Hartzell said.
Here’s a news report from KETV-TV:
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