Leroy N. Soetoro
2018-07-11 00:21:58 UTC
An 80-year-old woman in Las Vegas was nearly killed after a man who was
wearing nothing but a baseball cap allegedly invaded her home, then shot
her, beat her and attempted to sexually assault her.
The victim -- identified only as Shevaun for safety reasons -- claimed she
was beaten, shot and nearly raped by a man, later identified by police as
53-year-old Herbert Scott Rogers, the Las Vegas Review Journal reported.
The incident, which occured Sunday in the womans home near Maryland
Parkway and Charleston Boulevard, occurred at approximately 8 a.m. when
Shevaun was awoken by the sound of rattling dishes. When she went to
investigate, she saw Rogers standing in her house, allegedly wearing
nothing but a hat.
When Shevaun asked what he was doing in her home, Rogers, who was
reportedly armed with a screw driver, replied he was going to rape her,
she told the Las Vegas Review Journal.
For over an hour, Shevaun watched, petrified, as Rogers allegedly raided
her home, later stealing two bracelets and a strand of pearls. At one
point, he slapped her and attempted to sexually assault her, according to
the Las Vegas Review Journal. He also told Shevaun multiple times that he
would kill her if she moved from the couch on which was sitting, FOX5
I got up and headed toward the front door and then he tackled me and said
'get back on the couch,' she told the news station.
It was at that moment Shevaun remembered she had an antique, .25-caliber
handgun hidden under the couch. She had never fired the 1948 handgun,
which was a gift from her father to her mother, according to the Las Vegas
But just as Shevaun reached for the weapon, the man wrestled it away from
He told me, Im gonna have to kill you, she said. I said, Come on,
you dont have to do that.
"I just kept thinking I dont wanna die this way. I cant die this way.
Finally, after about an hour, the suspect turned to leave. Before he left,
he allegedly shot the elderly woman in the forehead.
Somehow, the bullet didnt penetrate her brain; the 80-year-old told the
Las Vegas Review Journal she thinks she jerked her head away at the last
minute, miraculously preventing serious damage.
Shevaun called police at roughly 9 a.m. and was taken to a local hospital
where she stayed for three days. She's currently recovering from severe
bruising and lacerations. While she has been released from the hospital,
Shevaun has not returned home. Instead, shes being cared for by friend
and neighbor Derek Stonebarger at an undisclosed location, he wrote on
I wasnt scared, Shevaun, a former antiques dealer, told the
publication. I just kept thinking I dont wanna die this way. I cant die
Rogers, who Shevaun helped investigators identify by telling them about
the large tattoo of a woman on his arm, was arrested Monday by authorities
with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department in connection to the
incident. He has since been charged with attempted murder, sexual assault,
battery, kidnapping, burglary and robbery, all with a deadly weapon,
according to jail records.
Rogers, who is also a registered sex offender, according to the Las Vegas
Review Journal, is being held at the Clark County Detention center on $1
I knew she was a tough lady, but the way she spoke to him -- the way she
played it cool the entire time. Her strength is remarkable. Shes already
talking about testifying against him in court, Stonebarger, who
documented the incident on Facebook, wrote.
According to Stonebarger's post, there is not a fundraiser for Shevaun.
Instead, she asks anyone who would like to help her to donate to an animal
shelter in her name.
Neither Shevaun nor a spokesperson for the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police
Department responded to Fox News request for comment Friday morning.
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