Crime & Courts

Police: 100-year-old woman raped in her southeast Wichita home

Police would like anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Tips can also be submitted at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com or by texting TIP217, then the message, to CRIMES (274637).
Police would like anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Tips can also be submitted at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com or by texting TIP217, then the message, to CRIMES (274637). File photo

A 100-year-old woman was raped in her home early this week, Wichita police confirmed Friday.

The woman walked to a neighbor’s house at about 7:15 a.m. Tuesday and told the neighbor there were two people inside her house in the 800 block of South Crestway, Capt. Troy Livingston said.

“Officers arrived and determined that her house had been broken into,” Livingston said.

The woman said she was awakened in the middle of the night by the intruders inside her house.

“There’s some confusion” on the part of the victim, likely because of her age, “but we’ve worked through that,” Livingston said.

Forensic medical testing confirmed she was sexually assaulted, he said. One or more burglars forced their way inside through a back door, but investigators are working with relatives to determine what, if any, property was taken.

“The place is very neat and tidy,” Livingston said.

The woman lives alone at the house, which is northwest of Lincoln and Oliver.

“We believe this was a burglary and the sexual assault was kind of a crime of opportunity,” he said.

Because of the victim’s confusion, police officials weren’t immediately sure what had happened, Livingston said. Officers have worked the case all along as if the burglary and rape did occur, however.

An extensive search of the surrounding neighborhood and interviews with nearby residents have taken place as police look for clues.

Police would like anyone with information about the incident to call Crime Stoppers at 316-267-2111. Tips can also be submitted at www.WichitaCrimeStoppers.com or by texting TIP217, then the message, to CRIMES (274637).

People can also call the sex crimes unit of the department at 316-268-4137.

“All rape is a deplorable crime, but when you look at the age of our victim,…” Livingston said.

“It’s a vile crime.”

Recognizing that the crime may frighten residents, Livingston offered some tips.

He said to make sure doors and windows are locked. Watch for strangers behaving suspiciously, he added.

“We live in a community, and we look out for one another,” he said. “People should be encouraged to call in suspicious activity. If you see something, say something.”

Reach Stan Finger at 316-268-6437 or sfinger@wichitaeagle.com. Follow him on Twitter: @StanFinger.

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