KETV (Omaha), July 25, 2013
A 19-year-old accused of beating and raping an elderly woman who later died will now face a murder charge.
Prosecutors said Sergio Martinez-Perez beat and sexually assaulted 93-year-old Louise Sollowin in her home Sunday. Sollowin died Wednesday.
Autopsy results showed that Sollowin’s cause of death was blunt force trauma.
Sollowin’s daughter found her suffering in her home Sunday morning.
“She heard my grandmother, and she went in the bedroom, her grandmother called, ‘Help me. Help me,’” Hartzell said.
Hartzell said her mother pushed Martinez-Perez away from her and was going to help her grandmother and saw that it was serious, ran into the other room and called police.
Hartzell and her husband arrived moments later, seeing the man police arrested.
Prosecutors said Martinez-Perez admitted to the assault and rape, saying he was mad at women after a night of drinking.
Martinez-Perez, who had been working as a roofer, has no ties to Omaha and no known relatives in the metro.
Investigators said Martinez-Perez is not a legal resident of the United States, and that his country of origin is not yet clear.