- Associated Press - Sunday, May 3, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - Albuquerque police say they have issued a warrant for a man accused of raping and beating a 75-year-old woman.

Police spokesman Simon Drobik says 55-year-old Ernest Casias was supposed to surrender to police Saturday but never showed up.

He is being charged with multiple counts including attempted murder and aggravated criminal sexual penetration.

Drobik says Casias allegedly raped the woman in her home and then beat her with a hammer on March 7.

Police doing a welfare check found her covered in blood. According to a criminal complaint, she suffered a broken nose, fractured neck and had her dentures knocked out. She is still recovering in a hospital.

Drobik says Casias worked for the victim as a handyman.

He says anyone caught harboring Casias will be charged with a felony.



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