Sergio Perez, the man accused of beating, raping and killing 93-year-old Louise Sollowin in her south Omaha home appeared in Douglas County Court Friday afternoon. The hearing had been rescheduled to Monday, however, in a last minute decision he appeared in court. Perez was denied bond, and a preliminary hearing has been scheduled for August 12.
Police said the 19-year-old raped and beat Louise Sollowin in her south Omaha home over the weekend. She died Wednesday from her injuries.
Teresa Hatzell, Sollowin's granddaughter, said her mother and grandmother both lived in the house. She said her mother went to check on Sollowin in the morning.
"She heard my grandmother and she went in the bedroom," Hatzell said.
"Grandmother said help me, help me," Hatzell's husband added.
Sollowin's daughter found the victim in her bedroom, covered in blood. Police said Perez broke into Sollowin's home, and police found him passed out next to her.
"Just an adrenaline reaction, my mom pushed him away from her," Hatzell said.
Investigators said they believe Perez had been at a party drinking that night and became angry with women. They believe the attack was random. Police say Perez is in the country illegally, in Omaha for about four months working as a roofer.
For Sollowin's family, it has been too hard to say goodbye.
"There's no words to express the shock," Hatzell said.
Perez is set to appear in court Friday. He has been held without bond in jail in Omaha.