Woman cutting grass grabbed, forced into garage during rape attempt: Prosecutor

Published: Jun. 20, 2023 at 1:09 PM EDT
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LAWRENCEBURG, Ind. (WXIX) - A man is facing several charges after a prosecutor says he grabbed a woman as she cut grass and forced her into a garage in an attempt to rape her.

Around 7:30 p.m. on June 16, Sergio Marroquin Crisostomo, 27, walked slowly up to the woman who was mowing the grass outside her garage, Dearborn County Prosecutor Lynn Deddens explained.

The woman told police Crisostomo was saying something to her as he pointed toward her garage, Deddens said.

The victim told him no, but the 27-year-old grabbed her and pulled her into the garage as she screamed and pleaded for him to stop, according to the Dearborn County prosecutor.

A struggle ensued inside the garage.

Crisostomo threatened the woman with a knife and used it to cut her pants, Deddens said.

He then pulled his pants down in an attempt to rape the victim, according to court records referenced by Deddens. He also allegedly took her cell phone.

While the victim pleaded with Crisostomo to go to the backyard, the prosecutor says he let the victim up, which is when she was able to push him off.

The woman managed to get inside her vehicle and lock the doors. She honked the horn as Crisostomo walked around the car and then out the front door of the garage, Deddens explained.

After waiting several minutes, still unsure where the man might be, the woman took off her socks and shoes so she could run faster to her neighbor’s house for help, the prosecutor said.

A neighbor gave the victim a blanket because her clothes were not on her.

“She was practically nude, screaming, and I came to the door, and I’m like... She said, ‘I just had an attempted rape, can you help me?’” The neighbor, named Debra, told FOX19. “I have to say, she was brave, she was knowledgeable, she did everything you’re taught to do.”

Lawrenceburg officers responded to the scene and talked with the neighbor who gave them a description of the suspect the victim said she saw days earlier on George Street.

Police found a family member Crisostomo’s which allowed them to ping his phone, Deddens said.

The 27-year-old was found near Hollywood Casino and US 50 and taken into custody, the prosecutor explained.

According to Deddens, Crisostomo is charged with attempted rape with a deadly weapon, criminal confinement with a deadly weapon, battery with a dealy weapon and strangulation.

Members of the community, especially those living on Fox Drive, say they’re shaken up in the aftermath.

“I haven’t been able to sleep because I’ve been thinking about her, waking up in the middle of the night thinking about her and what she went through,” said Jenny Carr.

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