Man charged in attack on 89-year-old Smithfield woman
Posted July 31
Smithfield, N.C. — A Four Oaks man was arrested Sunday morning after an 89-year-old woman was attacked in her Smithfield home, police said.
Jose Campuzano-Ramirez, 52, was charged with first-degree burglary, felonious assault, first-degree kidnapping, attempted first-degree forcible rape and attempted first-degree sexual offense. He was being held in the Johnston County jail under a $1 million bond.
Police said they responded to a burglary call shortly before 4:30 a.m. Sunday and found the injured woman in her home.
Authorities said Campuzano-Ramirez came through a window and attempted to rape the victim.
Two Smithfield Police Department K-9 teams were able to pick up a scent and traced it to Campuzano-Ramirez, police said.
In a 911 call, the woman can be heard pleading with authorities to come to her house.
Campuzano-Ramirez will be back in court next month.