KING AND QUEEN, VA (WWBT) - A Tappahannock man has been charged in the brutal sexual assault and robbery of an 82-year-old woman.
Dakevius Tyreise Hunter, 22, faces charges of rape by force; entering a house with intent to commit rape and robbery; abduction and grand larceny.
The King and Queen County Sheriff's Office said it received multiple tips that led authorities to the suspect, who initially was arrested for failure to appear in court before being questioned about the attack. Hunter is being held in the Middle Peninsula Regional Jail in Saluda, VA, on no bond, until his arraignment scheduled for May 14.
The victim is recovering in the hospital after the Sheriff's Department says an unknown man entered her home, sexually assaulted her, and left in her car with her wallet.
The assault happened in the victim's home on Owens Mill Road, in the area of St. Stephen's Church. The sheriff's office said they recovered a car that was abandoned on Martins Town Road in Cornville, about five miles from the crime scene.
In a county of just about 7,000 people, Kind and Queen sheriff John Charboneau says crimes like these just don't happen.
"It's very disgusting," said Sheriff Charboneau.
"Honestly who would do something like that? It takes a real sick person to do something like that," said friend and neighbor, Ryan Baughan, who describes the victim as a "very friendly lady."
The woman lived alone in her home, sometimes getting help from neighbors like Ryan who's now just hoping she's ok.
"Ain't nothing safe in the world anymore," said Baughan.
Anyone with information regarding this crime, or any other crime, is asked to contact Mattaponi Crime Solvers at 804-769-3000.