Suspect in Attack, Murder of 93-Year-Old Woman Held on No Bond
OMAHA (KPTM) - The man police say broke into a South Omaha home Sunday, attacking a 93-year-old woman who eventually died will go to trial for first degree murder.
19-year-old Sergio Perez faced a judge at the Douglas County Corrections Center Friday afternoon.
Prosecutors dropped burglary and assault charges, charging Perez with 1st degree murder instead.
The judge ordered Perez be held on no bond.
Investigators said Perez went into the woman's home and attacked her. They said he raped her and passed out on top of the woman.
According to reports, police were called to the woman's home around 9 a.m. Sunday morning. The woman's daughter heard her mother crying out for help and called police.
Officers said when they entered the bedroom they saw obvious signs of assault and found the 93-year-old woman covered in blood.
Police said they don't know how Perez got into the home, there was no sign of forced entry. They said he claimed he did not know his victim.
"What the charge is now is felony murder, first degree murder. That means he's charged with killing our victim," said Douglas County Attorney Don Kleine.
The victim is 93 year old Louise Sollowin who is described as a saint by her family members. Thursday's autopsy revealed the cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Joe Sollowin, Louise's son, said he was shocked to hear of his mother's death.
"To single out a 93 year old woman and beat her to a pulp and kill her and rape her, it disgusts me. How anyone could do this. I want to see him on the other side of the glass when they pull the lever down. That's what I want to see," Sollowin said.
More autopsy details are expected to be released in the next week.
He is expected to be back in court August 12th.