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(Memphis) An elderly woman is recovering after almost being raped in her own home.

It's heartbreaking and sounds unreal, but Memphis police have arrested a 23-year-old for the unthinkable.

The grandmother is at home and is expected to be OK.

Leaves line sidewalks and driveways on North Holmes, and police say Elton Nelson counted on leaves to get him inside the 83-year-old woman's home.

He knocked on the door and asked if he could rake her leaves. She told him no.

The grandmother says about 15 minutes later, he broke into her home through a bathroom window and forced her to the ground.

“She fought him. He kept saying ‘where’s your money?’ She was honest, said it was in her purse,” said the 83-year-old victim's daughter.

She didn’t want to be identified, but says Memphis police called her right after Tuesday morning's attack.

She rushed over and discovered it was worse than she thought.

“She took my hand and said, ‘He tried to rape me.’ It’s the worst thing I've ever heard in my life,” said the victim’s daughter.

“He wasn’t thinking about his mother. He's got to have a mother too. How would he feel if that happened to his mother?” said neighbor Leon Bradford.

“She's just afraid. She told my brother last night was the first night she was able to sleep, but she's afraid he's going to get out,” said the victim’s daughter.

Others living in the elderly neighborhood fear that too.

“If he could go there, he could come here,” said Bradford.

Nelson is locked up behind bars.

He faces attempted rape, robbery and aggravated burglary charges. His bond is set at $100,000.

“Tell you the truth, that bond isn’t high enough. He shouldn’t be getting out period,” said Bradford.

The grandmother’s family hopes he doesn’t, saying Nelson terrorized a loving grandmother and retired teacher in her home of more than 50 years.

“It’s almost like I can’t go there. I'm so angry, but my main focus is taking care of her,” said the victim’s daughter.

Thankfully, the grandmother wasn’t seriously hurt. She suffered a few bruises and a cut from being forced to the ground.

Her family says from now on, the independent elderly woman won't be alone.


  • American born Muslim

    If these allegations are TRUE it would be so nice if the guys down at 201 poplar show him the wickedness of his ways. This is a filthy and disqusting act and he needs redemption he better hope this grannys family doesn’t have a visit with him

  • American born Muslim

    @Sambo u stalking me weirdo? Now what does obama have to do with this? Are you insane? Lol you ppl are really mentally unbalanced. Get help weirdo

  • 1midtownmike

    I’m already supposed to embrace trousers at mid thigh, bass cannons that rattle my windows, adults that throw profanity around like confetti on New Years Eve, Black History Month, Africa In April, Sistahood Showcase…….and more of this?

    And urban culture can’t figure out why they’re “abandoned” by a tax base.

  • morker

    a “23 year old man” = BOON

    If a white man did this to a black woman, libards would rake him over the coals. Boon does this to a white woman….not a peep from the national media.

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