October 16, 2013

Sumter man charged with violent assault on elderly woman

A young man has been arrested in the violent burglary and sexual assault of an elderly woman during the weekend.

Bryan Ontrell Rolle, 23, of 1121 Alice Drive, Apt. 81, was arrested Monday and charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

At 11 p.m. Saturday, a 76-year-old woman was reportedly taking her trash out the back door of her home in the 700 block of North Main Street when Rolle reportedly forced his way into the house. He then reportedly took the woman into a bedroom, where he physically and sexually assaulted her.

Sumter Police Chief Russell Roark said investigators worked quickly with their state and federal counterparts to apprehend Rolle in the crime.

"We have an individual who would break into the home of a frail, elderly female, sexually assault her and burglarize her," Roark said. "This is a terrible thing for her to live through."

The victim was able to give a description of her attacker to a police sketch artist, which later led to her picking a photo of Rolle out of a lineup. At 12:30 p.m. Tuesday, Rolle was located and arrested without incident at a home on Timmons Street. Roark said it was unclear if Rolle was staying at the home where he was found.

At the time this crime was committed, Rolle was out on bond for a previous burglary charge filed against him in June. Roark said Rolle also has previous arrests for assault and battery and contempt of court.

Police think Rolle had "some acquaintance" with the victim and her home before Saturday's attack, but investigators are not sure how well he knew the woman he allegedly assaulted. He is being held pending bond at Sumter-Lee Regional Detention Center.

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