Anthony R. Bell (Source: New Albany Police Department)
Robert A. Brooks (Source: LMDC)
Police say the crimes happened at a home on East Oak Street in New Albany.
New Albany Police Major Keith Whitlow
NEW ALBANY, IN (WAVE) – What started as an attempted robbery ended with an all-night assault on a man and woman who were confined inside a home, according to New Albany police.
The victims told police the incident happened Friday night into Saturday at the woman's house on East Oak Street in New Albany.
The 51-year-old woman said she was battered and sexually assaulted by two men who came to the home Friday night and remained there overnight during which time the men continually assaulted both her and her 67-year-old companion. The male victim remains in a hospital with severe head injuries. New Albany Police Major Keith Whitlow said the man was beaten with a pan and doused in cooking oil before the assailants tried to set him on fire.
Neighbors said the male victim is known to let people stay with him when they have nowhere else to go. "I just think it's a shame that it had to happen to him," said neighbor Dianne McLean. "He didn't never bother nobody."
Investigators said they believe robbery was the initial motive for the crimes.
Two men were arrested in the case. Anthony R. Bell, 23, of Chartres Street in New Albany was arrested on Saturday and charged with rape, criminal deviate conduct, two counts of criminal confinement and two counts of attempted robbery. He is being held in the Floyd County Jail awaiting further disposition.
Robert A. Brooks, 30, also of Chartres Street in New Albany was arrested Wednesday night at Louisville's Beecher Terrace housing complex. He is charged in Floyd County with criminal deviate conduct, two counts of criminal confinement and two counts of attempted robbery. Brooks is lodged in Metro Corrections in Louisville.
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