Update: U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox released the following update Wednesday afternoon:
“The man who allegedly assaulted an 88-year-old woman inside her Dallas home yesterday has been charged via criminal complaint with carjacking and possession of a stolen firearm.
“Kristopher Charles Martin Brown, 19, allegedly broke into the victim’s home on Cliffmere Drive around 2:30 a.m. on Oct. 8, likely through her back door, according to the federal complaint.
“He punched her in the face, then brutally sexually assaulted her, the complaint alleges.
“After the assault, he allegedly dug through her closet and purse, taking money, the keys to a 2007 Lexus RX, and a Remington shotgun. He then allegedly tied the victim to her chair, disabled her telephones, and told her she would find her vehicle at an address on East Overton Road in five days. He fled the scene in her Lexus.
“A few hours later, Dallas Police Officers observed Mr. Brown filling up the Lexus’ tank at a local 7-Eleven, with the stolen shotgun in plain view in the rear of the vehicle. When he was apprehended, Mr. Brown was allegedly wearing Nike shoes that matched the footprints found in the victim’s backyard.
“After being read his Miranda rights, Mr. Brown told officers he’d purchased the Lexus for $900 at a complex at East Overton Road. He claimed he’d purchased the shotgun there too. While undergoing processing by DPD’s Crime Scene Response team, Mr. Brown asked officers if anyone had died, noting that ‘the old woman got up.’”
Mr. Brown faces up to 35 years in federal prison, and Assistant U.S. Attorney P.J. Meitl is prosecuting the case, wrote Nealy Cox. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives conducted the investigation with the DPD, and Mr. Brown is presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law, she noted.
The attacker has apparently been caught in the case of the home invasion and sexual assault which occurred in White Rock Valley early Tuesday morning. Neighbors helping to care for the victim say the man was apprehended, and she is resting better knowing the intruder is not still on the loose.
Police were called to the 9200 block of Cliffmere Drive about 5:30 a.m. Tuesday on a robbery call. When they arrived, the victim told officers she had been sexually assaulted, NBC 5 reports.
According to neighbors, the victim was tied up and assaulted. After the man stole her car and drove away, she was able to break free and get to the home of a neighbor who called police.
Concerned neighbors huddled in the street and posted warnings on social media. They reminded each other – and the Lake Highlands community at large – to remain vigilant about suspicious persons and to keep porch lights on overnight.