Chilling details emerge in horror rape case of woman, 75, who was forced into a car trunk & bound with duct tape | The SunJuly 27, 2022
CHILLING details have emerged after a 75-year-old woman was allegedly abducted, raped and bound with tape.
A Calhoun County judge charged Tony Lamar White, 47, of Anniston, Alabama, with the kidnapping, burglary and sexual assault of the elderly woman from Choccolocco on July 22.
The court was told the sordid details of the case in which prosecutors believe White followed the victim home from a Walmart on July 4.
He then allegedly forced her in the trunk of his car at knifepoint when she unloaded groceries in her courtyard, and drove her to his home.
The woman's family raised the alarm with the Calhoun County Sheriff in a 911 call at about 1:30pm that day. Police found her found six hours later.
Investigators went through CCTV footage of the several shops the victim had been in to identify the suspect and his vehicle.
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Police used a license plate reading camera to identify the suspect and looked into White's debit card transactions to help track him down in Kentucky, where he was on the run.
Some of the most emotional testimony came from the victim herself, who boldly explained in graphic detail what had happened in White's bedroom.
The victim said: "He got on top of me. He raped me a couple of times. I was crying and begging trying to get him to stop now."
The investigation led officers to a residence linked to White in Anniston.
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When deputies arrived at the scene on South Wilmer Street, they found the elderly woman bound with duct tape in a closet.
"This is stuff horror movies are made of," Calhoun County Sheriff Matthew Wade is quoted as saying by AL.
The Sheriff confirmed White attacked the victim with a knife, and that the woman suffered lacerations.
In a chilling turn of events, White's DNA allegedly matched with samples linked to two previously unsolved similar attacks some 30 miles apart a decade ago – in July 2012 and July 2013.
A composite was done at the time – which bore a resemblance to White. The victims – 82 and 67 respectively – had also been followed home after visiting a store and a church.
White has not been formally charged in relation to these older cases, which took place in Calhoun and Talladega counties.
About White's arrest, Wade said: "We’re just really glad to know we got this guy off the street.
"I wish we done [it] in 2012. It would have saved some heartache."
White remains held on $4million bond after being extradited to Alabama on July 8.
Up until his arrest, White worked for a company that offered home care to elderly patients, and was previously a mental health worker.
The suspect had previously been arrested for domestic violence and third-degree robbery, in 2003 and 2016, respectively.
Calhoun County Assistant District Attorney Eric Snyder, meanwhile, said: "This predator has been living in our community and we’ll be asking the court for no bond."
"It is our intent to seek the maximum punishment to see that he is never on the streets again."
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He added: "This is just the beginning for us and we’re going to see it through to the end to ensure that justice is served for our victims."
Sheriff Wade confirmed the suspect has not been cooperative with investigators.
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