HENRICO, VA (WWBT) - A man suspected of assaulting an elderly woman on April 10 was arrested Thursday morning in Richmond.
Calvin Maurice White Jr., 18, was wanted for burglary, malicious wounding, and grand larceny.
The incident happened just after 3 p.m. on April 10 in the 200 block of W. Laburnum Ave. Police say the 78-year-old woman suffered "multiple wounds about the head and upper torso."
Police say the injuries are not considered life-threatening, but her family says she was stabbed 22 times.
Police say White stole the victim's 1992 white Volvo station wagon.
"He used a hammer to hit her in the head," said the victim's daughter, Lynne.
Lynne says her mother is known as kind and friendly in the neighborhood she has called home for 50 years.
"She's just a friendly, nice person. Nobody deserves that," said Lynne. "I just want to let everybody know that whoever did this to my mom should be caught because he tortured her, and she's 70-something years old, and she shouldn't have to go through this."
Lynne says her mother was cleaning her car when the suspect was able to sneak into her home. When the woman got back into the home, that is when her daughter says she was attacked and stabbed.
"When I found out that happened, I prayed for her last night and at mass this morning," said a neighbor a few doors down. "The first thing I could think is 'how could you do that to another human being? What if that was your family that something happened to, how would you feel?'"
The neighbor says in decades of being in the area, something like this attack has never happened. She was shocked by the large police presence Tuesday afternoon and says the neighborhood is willing to support the family as the woman continues to recover.
White has been transported back to Henrico. He was arraigned on April 20. No next court date set as of yet.
Call Crime Stoppers at 804-780-1000 if you have any information.
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