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14-year-old suspect arrested in sex pregnancy of 91-year-old Reddick woman, sheriff says

14-year-old suspect arrested in sex pregnancy of 91-year-old Reddick woman, sheriff says

14-year-old suspect arrested in sex pregnancy of 91-year-old Reddick woman, sheriff says

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Authorities in Marion County have made an arrest in a home invasion and rape investigation in which a 91-year-old Reddick woman was woken from her sleep and assaulted, detectives said.

Forensic investigators with the Marion County Sheriff’s Office have positively identified the suspect as a 14-year-old boy.

Deputies said early Sunday, June 9, the victim was awakened around midnight to find an intruder in her home. The woman was beaten and sexually assaulted by the suspect, investigators said.

Through DNA evidence, investigators were able to track down a suspect, and during an interview with detectives, the sheriff’s office said the teenager admitted to breaking into the victim’s home.

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“We told everybody last week that we would find the person responsible and we did,” Sheriff Billy Woods said. “I am very proud of the hard work the detectives and my forensics team did on this case to get a quick closure.”

Sheriff Woods described the incident as an act of “unimaginable violence”.

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“It was shocking that anyone would commit such an act on a 91-year-old man, but it is truly disturbing when we see the young age of the person arrested,” the sheriff added. “While I strongly believe he should be held accountable for his crime, as a father, my sympathies go out to his family. I hope his arrest will lead to help preventing further such acts.”

Sheriff Woods said the people of Reddick have shown “resilience and support for us and their community” throughout the investigation.

A reward has been offered for information leading to an arrest in the case. However, the sheriff’s office did not provide additional details.

The teenager was taken into custody and taken to the Florida Department of Juvenile Justice.