ALBUQUERQUE, New Mexico — An Albuquerque maintenance man has been accused of sexual assaulting a 75-year-old woman he was working for two months ago.
Albuquerque police say an arrest warrant charges 56-year-old Ernie Casias with aggravated criminal sexual penetration, attempt to commit murder, aggravated battery with a deadly weapon and tampering with evidence.
Officers went to the woman's home March 7 for a welfare check.
They reported finding the victim unresponsive and barely breathing in her bedroom. Police saw blood in the bedrooms, hallway and bathrooms.
Investigators tell KOB-TV it took more than a month for the victim to recover enough to identify Casias as a possible suspect from a photo lineup.
They say robbery may have been the motive as the woman says she gave about $35,000 to Casias for a business deal.
Information from: KOB-TV, http://www.kob.com