Photo of the suspect using the stolen ATM card from September attack
SPARKS, NV - Sparks police say a home invasion and robbery on Round Mountain Road may be connected to the rape and robbery of an elderly woman last week in their city.
The incident happened at about 10 pm Wednesday. The latest victim talked to KOLO 8 News Now's Terri Russell.
She was visibly shaken from the events and knows she’s lucky. The robber got away with only money, and considering what’s been going on over the last couple of weeks, she knows it could have been a lot worse.
She did not want to go on camera for an interview but agreed that KOLO could tell her story.
The 61-year-old victim says she got home at about 9:30 p.m. at her Round Mountain home and was downstairs for about a half hour before retiring up to her bedroom.
She says the robber had loosened all of the lights in her bathroom so the area was dark. He then put a piece of her clothing around her eyes.
The suspect told her he had been watching her for 6 months, and he then started feeling her pants pockets looking for money. She told him she was a woman, and that she didn't carry money in her pocket, rather her purse and it was downstairs. That's where she says the robber took her. Nearly tripping down the stairs, she says she told him she couldn't see and to take it easy.
The victim says she continued to talk to him, took money out of her purse, and gave it to him. He then instructed her to lie on the floor and not look at him.
He soon left.
Reno Police released a picture of a person they say used a Reno woman's stolen ATM card six weeks ago.
Law enforcement thinks he may be the man who robbed the home on Round Mountain that night, and who raped and robbed an elderly woman just last week in Sparks on I street.
Last night's victim tells Terri the robber had an Hispanic accent but she could clearly understand him. She wishes she could have seen his face, but just a simple look may have meant a completely different outcome for her.
Neighbor Chuck Nahorniak says he saw police on the street Thursday. Having his neighborhood involved in a potential crime spree upsets him.
“I thought about that woman on I street that got raped and you know there are a lot of seniors that live around here and everything and we need to watch out for them you know? That's really horrendous trying to do that to somebody and I'm hoping they catch him,” says Nahorniak.
While the women are described as elderly by law enforcement, Terri says the woman did not look her age.
This brave victim believes all women are at risk. Especially, she says if they are not aware of their surroundings, comings and goings, and not noticing what’s going on around their homes.