Suspect in rape of 72-year-old Romulus woman charged

Published On: Sep 17 2013 12:50:19 PM EDT
Updated On: Sep 20 2013 12:06:07 PM EDT

It's just her and two dogs, Dolly and Daisy. However, on Tuesday morning trouble found its way inside.

ROMULUS, Mich. -

A 25-year-old man has been charged with the robbery and rape of an elderly woman.

Ryan Curtis Curcio is facing charges of first-degree home invasion, armed robbery, first-degree criminal sexual conduct, fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct, larceny in a building and interfering with an electronic communication device.

He's scheduled to be arraigned Friday afternoon.

During an interview with Local 4 last week, the 72-year-old victim said had no idea someone was in her home until she came face-to-face with him.

"All of a sudden I looked and he was standing there. I thought he had a knife," she said. "He said, 'Don't look at me.' I begged, 'Don't hurt me. Don't hurt my dogs,'" she said.

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The woman said the man searched her home for money and jewelry before forcing her to lay on the floor and raping her.

The woman said she feels violated but has not lost her peace of mind to stay in the home she's been in for more than 20 years.

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