LOUISA, VA (WWBT) – A Louisa County man is behind bars, charged with breaking into an elderly woman's home and beating her up.19-year-old Remone Houchens was arrested last night in connection to the attack on 87-year-old Lois Rossen.
Officials at the Louisa Sheriff's Office are thrilled to already have a suspect in custody. They say this attack is one of the most brutal crimes they've ever seen in this county--and they want criminals to know they will not tolerate this type of violence.
Lois Rossen's son Monte says she was robbed of her happy go-lucky spirit when she was attacked in her home and beaten so badly she lost sight in her left eye.
"A lot of her innocence was stolen from this event, and it's going to take a while for mom to get back on her feet and get on with her life," said Monte Rossen.
The Rossen family says the arrest of Remone Houchens will help. Hard work and DNA evidence led to his capture. A search warrant shows that police were looking for and found glass fragments containing blood evidence that had been tracked from the Rossen home to Remone Houchens' apartment on McDonald Street, just a few blocks away.
The Sheriff's Office also took several articles of clothing and guns for evidence while arresting Houchens, but even with a suspect is in custody--questions remain--including motive.
We also know that there was an attempted break-in at the Rossen home about a week prior to the beating, but sheriff's officials won't say if it's related. They also won't say much about the rumors this crime had something to do with a gang initiation.
"We are not in a position to really talk about that publicly right now, and I know that when we first heard about that, the sense of outrage went right through the community including us, and I'll say this again, it was a punk way of doing business, and I'm glad that we were able to start some closure before the end of the week," said Major Don Lowe with the Louisa County Sheriff's Office.
Born and raised in Louisa, Lois Rossen says she'll continue to call this county home. Remone Houchens is being held without bond at Central Virginia Regional Jail. He's due back in court Tuesday morning.
Also arrested in connection with the case are Rontray L. Houchens and Linda D. Houchens. Rontray Houchens was charged with three counts of drug distribution and one count of obstruction of justice. Linda Houchens was charged with obstruction of justice.