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Rape of Elderly Woman Shocks Neighbors

Posted July 10, 2007
Updated July 12, 2007

— Warren County residents are shocked by the rape of an elderly woman that occurred over this weekend.

A man raped and robbed the woman inside her Warren County home Saturday afternoon, the Warren County Sheriff’s Office said.

Members of the community said they were shocked that this type of crime occurred in Warren County.

"It hurts you to know things like this can happen in your community," said Ernie Fleming, a Warren County commissioner.

“It’s a little close to home,” said resident Tonya Clary.

“In my law enforcement career, I cannot remember having an incident like this in Warren County,” said Johnny Williams, Warren County sheriff.

Sheriff's deputies said a man went to the elderly woman's house on Highway 401 and flashed a note at the door. The woman let him in, and the man attacked her, they said.

Friends said that the elderly woman will return home from the hospital and that she’s in good spirits.

Neighbors said that the attack prompted them to take increased safety measures.

Many said they fear for their own safety, knowing that someone could come up to a house along a stretch of highway and commit this type of an act.

“I’m concerned about my family,” said Gena Thompson, who lives near the victim.

“I have an elderly grandparent that lives next to us, and she’s there by herself. ... It’s hard to know who may knock on her door,” said Thompson.

Neighbors said they are locking their doors at night and during the day, and they are keeping a lookout.

Clary said she and others will take a “look at their surroundings and watch people that are walking by that are there and usually are not there.”

Williams said that he expects the crime will impact the community.

“When something like this happens, it touches the whole community, because that lady probably has seen three generations, and there is some love in that family,” said Williams.

Deputies said the suspect may have been driving a light-colored, four-door, medium-sized car.

The woman does not see well and was unable to describe her attacker well for police, they said over the weekend.

Anyone with information was asked to call the Warren County Sheriff's Department at 252-257-3364.

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  • Run_Forrest_Run Jul 12, 2007

    @Lilamir
    No harm, no foul. :)

    I should do a better job of giving 'Credit' to iamforjustice. If I'd made that comment about women dressing, I'd deserve the 'get a life' LOL.

    Again - iamforjustice, there would not be less rapes. There would be (maybe) less perverts bothering good moral (selective) women because its easier to pay a pro. Rape is a violent crime. It's not about sex - it's about the rapist exerting POWER over you because he is powerless in other aspects of his life. I guarantee you the monster that raped this elderly woman isn't turned on by elderly women.

    Next time you're thinking how cool it would be for prostitution to be legal - think about your mother, grandmother, daughter, or sister. Would you want someone to use them in that manner? Prostitutes will always be less on the social acceptabilty scale...and unfortunately Johns have no stigma attached to their depravity.

  • Think_About_This Jul 11, 2007

    Public castration would be better. There has to be a special hell for trash like this.

  • Outlaw Josey Wales Jul 11, 2007

    A public hanging would be to good for this kind of scum.

  • Love my boys Jul 11, 2007

    What kind of sick, twisted, mentally unstable person would rape an elderly person?

  • chill0913 Jul 11, 2007

    Iamforjustice ..it appears from all your ignorant post that wether or not marijuana and prostitution are legal you already partake in something of that elk. Please keep your drug induced comments to Utube and my space. Let people with real opinions and decent comments do so without having to be burdend with your idiotic opinions.

  • jeebk04 Jul 11, 2007

    Rape, absue, etc. are about one thing, CONTROL. Legalizing prostitution and marijuana will not take away an abuser needs to control their victim.

  • iamforjustice Jul 11, 2007

    If prostitution and marijuana were legal in this country there would be less rapes. The crime rate would drop. There would be more happy people. There would be much less violent crimes.

  • LILAMIR Jul 11, 2007

    thank you for the correction!!!
    please forgive me.. (my perogative)

  • skinnycow Jul 11, 2007

    @LILAMIR

    My_Perogative didnt make that statement. She is responding to it. That remark was made by iamforjustice. You have to go back a page or 2 if you wish to read the dribble he/she posted in a weak attempt to find humour in this.

  • LILAMIR Jul 11, 2007

    my perogative needs to get a life!!
    the way you dress doesn't give a person the right to rape,beat and one...
    my prayers are for the family!!!!

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