A 28-year-old man was arrested in Houston facing sexual assault and aggravated robbery charges after authorities said he brutally raped a 77-year-old woman at a living facility in western Harris County last year.
Brian Arellano Monasterio has been charged in connection with an attack. He was arrested and was due to appear in court and face life in prison.
J, authorities said that Monastrio entered the complex at Complex 13800 of Canyon Hill Drive through an open door.
Once Monastrio made his way inside the compound, authorities said he was forced to open a secure door to access the housing units.
Monasterio covered the peephole on the victim’s door and pretended to be a maintenance worker in order to get her to open the door, according to investigators.
Investigators said that once Monastero entered the woman’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her. Authorities said that after the assault, he asked for money and threatened to kill her if she called the police.
“Someone knocked on the door and (the victim) told her that he was the maintenance worker, and when she opened the door, he opened the door… He robbed her home, dragged her into the bedroom and sexually assaulted her very brutally,” said Cindy Roth, chief investigator for the Special Victims Unit of the HCSO. “You are not supposed to be emotionally invested but this, in particular, is very emotional because we think of grandmothers and mothers as the holy people of our lives.”
Authorities said Monasterio subsequently ran out of the building.
She has faith in God. Galing Bunim, the victim’s daughter, said she believed in our family. “Nobody deserves it, especially a 77-year-old woman who cares about her own affairs and is just an amazing person, a great mom.”
Bonim said that her mother returned home after the attack.
“She will get over this. She refuses to be afraid. She refuses to give in to fear,” Bonnem said.
“He (Monastrio) had never had sex with an Asian woman before and it was apparently a sick fantasy,” said Carvana Cloud, head of the Harris County Special Victims Office. And when that happens, we update the charges so he now faces a life sentence. Had it been different, the penalty range would have been much smaller.