Granddaughter shares 93 year old woman's story

Granddaughter shares 93 year old woman's story

By Lindsey Theis. CREATED Jul 24, 2013

Omaha, NE - Wednesday night, a 93 year old woman, whose family is asking she only be identified as Louise died as a result of her injuries from being attacked and raped Sunday.

Police say 19-year old Sergio Perez beat and raped a 93-year-old woman in her south Omaha home.

"A lot of memories. Not so good ones now," said Teresa Hatzell, the victims' granddaughter. The victim shared the home with her daughter, and had owned it for decades.

Around 9 a.m. July 21, the victim's daughter found her mother in her bedroom covered in blood.

"She heard my grandmother and she went in the bedroom, grandmother called 'help me help me'. And my mom thought she was asleep," Hatzell said.

City prosecutor, Brenda Beadle, says the crime is unbelievable. "It''s one of the most disturbing cases I've ever come across."

Police believe Perez entered the victim's home while she slept. He then beat and raped her and passed out.

"She did have obvious injuries as a result of the assault, the man (Perez) was not wearing clothing at the time and officers were able to make an arrest on him, getting him into custody immediately," James Shade with Omaha Police said.

Family members say was so beaten up, she was nearly unrecognizable.

"Obviously, with her age, it's going to be a hard road to come back from," said Beadle.

Police are still investigating why Perez targeted the elderly woman. They believe the act was random, and Perez was angry after an incident at a party. Perez was intoxicated when police arrested him.

Perez is being held without bond. Prosecutors believe he's only been in the area for two months and may not be a U.S. Citizen. Perez is charged with first degree assault, first degree sexual assault and burglary. He could face up to 120 years in prison. Now that the woman has died, Perez could face more charges.

Hartzell says their family is heartbroken. She described her grandmother as a matriarch, who looked out for everyone in the family. Louise loved to cook, sew, and garden her family members told Action 3 News.

"There's no words to express the shock, there's not even a way to process it," Hartzell said.