CROWN POINT | An 89-year-old Gary woman fought against, and later identified, her 23-year-old homeless rapist, authorities say.
Secore King has been charged with 10 counts of rape, burglary, criminal confinement, strangulation and theft in the case, Lake County court records show.
Police say on Jan. 26, King offered to help a woman shovel her sidewalk in the 3600 block of Carolina Street . When she declined, he pushed her to the floor inside her house and demanded money, court records state.
After stealing the $7 she had in her wallet and four frozen dinners from her freezer, King held a pair of scissors to the woman's neck and raped her on her couch, court records allege.
Police allege King choked the woman until she nearly lost consciousness. The victim then kicked the suspect in the groin before he left, threatening to kill her if she reported the crimes, court records state.
Two days after the attack, a Gary officer on a routine patrol stopped King walking in the middle of 37th Avenue east of Broadway, police said.
The officer noticed King wearing a black T-shirt reading "someone in Indiana loves me," the same shirt the woman described her attacker as wearing, court records state.
When shown a lineup of suspects while in the hospital, the woman dropped the photos, grabbed her chest and began weeping, authorities said.
She identified King, who is in custody in Lake County Jail with $200,000 bail.
On Tuesday, Gary police Detective Sgt. Jon Cooros described the alleged victim as "in good spirits." He said she is expected to undergo surgery soon to help repair internal injuries sustained in her attack.