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Last updated on Tuesday, August 27, 2013
(ANDERSON) - Anderson Police have made an arrest in the rape of a 93-year-old woman in July.
Joel Sandefur with Anderson Police confirmed that a juvenile is in custody at the Madison County Juvenile Center on an unrelated charge. He is on a 72-hour hold at the Juvenile Center and is not expected to be charged in the rape case until Monday.
The attack occurred in July in the 3600 block of Hamilton Place, and the news angered neighbors.
Investigators say the suspect broke into the elderly woman's home, then sexually assaulted her. The woman was sleeping at the time and awoke to find the attacker in her bedroom.
Police say there was no theft and no vandalism. They believe the criminal's sole motive was assault.
"It's a heinous crime. It's disturbing," said Anderson Police Detective Joel Sandefur. "Those are the ones that we really need to protect and that's exactly what we're doing. We are working tirelessly to bring this person to justice."
Investigators say the 93-year-old victim was released from the hospital and is staying with family away from the home where she lived alone.
Police also stepped up patrols in the neighborhood.
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