LOUISA COUNTY, VA (WWBT) - The suspect in the brutal attack of an elderly Louisa woman says he broke into her house but didn't beat her. 19-year-old Remone Houchens says injuries on his knuckles came from falling into Lois Rosson's side door.
Before his court appearance, Houchens told NBC12 he didn't touch the 5 foot tall, 90 pound woman. At the time of the alleged attack, Houchens was free on bond from an arrest in February. Remone Houchens talked candidly before he stood before a judge.
"I would like to apologize for everything that happened. I just want everybody to know when I went in there I wasn't there to hurt her and I didn't put my hands on her like the media said. I didn't touch her. I wasn't there to hurt her or nothing," said Houchens.
But Louisa Commonwealth's Attorney Tom Garrett told the judge Houchens not only severely beat 87-year-old Rosson, but licked her face, grabbed her crotch and breast and told the grandmother he would have sex with her and make sure she never talked.
Garrett says the attack stopped when Rosson yelled for help.
"Whoever did this is a sick ****. I agree and they need to be punished, but my son did not touch this lady. I know him better than anybody," said Jill Houchens, Remone's mother.
"He didn't grow up like that, so I know for a fact that he didn't do nothing like that. I'm not going to say he wasn't in her house, but he didn't put his hands on her," said his cousin, Michelle Houchens.
Houchens' attorney says her client denies any gang activity. But Garrett says evidence will show Houchens is involved in the Bloods street gang and made a statement he was running from the Crips that night. Garrett told the court a DNA hit matched Houchens from a previous case.
According to court papers: Houchens was arrested in February on a felony carnal knowledge of a child. Louisa investigators have not released a motive for last month's attack at Rosson's home.
"Why did you go in there? At this point in time, I needed money," said Houchens.
Bond was denied for Houchens, his preliminary hearing is set for August. As for the his brother and aunt, who were also arrested last Friday on obstruction of justice charges, they'll be in court next Tuesday.