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Rapist Assaults 88-Year-Old, Asks 'Do You Like This?' (Photos)

| by Lauren Briggs

A 21-year-old Texas man was arrested after allegedly breaking into a senior home and raping and beating an 88-year-old woman.

The victim was in bed watching TV on June 11 in Brookdale West University, a Houston, Texas, senior independent living facility, when Justin Glenn Ellis allegedly broke into her room, covered her face with a pillow case, beat her and sodomized her, all while asking, "Do you like this?" reports WLS.

If convicted of aggravated sexual assault, Ellis could face life in prison. Police took him into custody on June 21 after they said was caught breaking into another senior living center.

"We feel like he is a predator that targets and attacks elderly women at senior living facilities," a prosecutor said of the case, which he described as "heinous, disgusting, and mortifying."

Ellis has been in trouble with the law before, though he has no felonies on record. He is the suspect in other cases similar to the Brookdale one.

"I think it's dreadful, and there's a sick person out there," Pat Wall, who lives at the center where the woman was attacked, told KTRK.

Brookdale confirmed in a statement that "an intruder" broke into one of the apartments and assaulted the senior, but they did not want to discuss the identity of the suspect, since police are still investigating the matter.

"It's important that you know that we take the safety of our residents very seriously," the statement says. "We will continue to make decisions about this situation keeping our residents safety a top priority. We have [reviewed and] enhanced the existing security measures at the community and met with residents, associates and families and reinforced security awareness."

Somebody tried to break into the same living facility in May, though realtor Sandra Gunn, whose mother lives in the home, said that security was not immediately upgraded after the burglary attempt.

"I was appalled that [the assault] would happen," said Gunn. "I'm very concerned for my mother and her friends that live here. … How can you have a property like this without security, how can you have a property like this without cameras that record? Why do you have cameras if they're not recording?"

Gunn said that they are upgrading to a fob system from a key code, putting locks on windows and doors and bringing in off-duty police, but for her, it is "too late."

Sources: WLS, KTRK / Photo credit: WLS, Dane Schiller via KHOU, Pixabay

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