WICHITA, Kan. (KAKE) — Police have arrested a suspect in connection to the rape of an elderly woman last week in southeast Wichita.
On Thursday, a 35-year-old man was arrested and booked for rape and aggravated burglary. Jail records have identified him as Kasey Lamar Nesbitt, who has previously served prison time on numerous burglary and theft charges.
Police say the suspect is a documented gang member. Formal charges are pending.
Wichita Police Captain Troy Livingston said that the victim is a very strong and brave woman.
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Police are looking for the suspect who raped an elderly woman during a home break-in earlier this week.
It happened in the 800 block of South Crestway. The woman told police that her home was broken into while she was sleeping sometime between 9 p.m. Monday Sept. 29 and 7 a.m. Tuesday Sept. 30.
Police said the woman walked to a neighbor's home at 7:15 a.m. Tuesday, saying two people were inside her home. Officers responded, but no one else was inside.
According to police, the suspect or suspects forced entry into her home through the back door. Medical tests have since confirmed the woman was sexually assaulted.
"All rapes are a deplorable crime but when you look at the age of the victim, it becomes a little bit more concerning, a little bit more disturbing," said Wichita Police Captain Troy Livingston. "It's a vile crime, and the fact that somebody victimized a 100-year-old female is a little bit harder for the detectives to really grasp."
Police believe burglary was the main motive for the break-in, but it's currently unclear what was taken from the home. The woman has family in the Wichita area, but lives alone.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (316) 267-2111