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Senior citizen describes man putting pillow over face during attack

Police say the suspect is in custody
Posted at 3:18 PM, Jun 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-06-16 11:10:19-04

UPDATE ON JUNE 15:  13 Action News spoke with the victim of a violent home invasion near Jones Boulevard and Vegas Drive on Wednesday evening.  Sandy did not want to reveal her last name.

"He didn't say anything and I was staring at him," she said, " ... and I said this is going to be bad."

Sandy says she had left her front door unlocked.  Suddenly, she found herself face-to-face with the suspect.

"He put a pillow over me like this," she said, "I kept trying to lift it up to breathe."

We're told the suspect pinned the victim down and threatened her life.

Sandy says he grabbed cash from her wallet before running away.

According to police, they were only able to find the suspect because of Sandy's excellent description.

"I tried and it worked," she said, "...he's a lost soul."

ORIGINAL:  Las Vegas police arrested a man suspected in the violent home invasion involving a 76-year-old woman.

Around 5 p.m. Wednesday, police were dispatched to the 1700 block of North Jones Boulevard, near Vegas Drive.  

Police said the victim provided "an excellent description of the suspect" and as patrol officers arrived, they quickly located a possible suspect at the intersection of Jones Boulevard and Carl Avenue.

According to police, officers were able to determine that the individual stopped on suspicion of being involved in the home invasion robbery was in fact the suspect. He was identified as 62-year-old Lester Eugene Rhone.

Officers learned that during the course of the robbery, Rhone entered the victim’s residence through the front door which was closed, but unlocked. Once inside he confronted the victim and forced her on to a couch. He grabbed a pillow as he stood over the victim and he placed it over her face.

The victim managed to break free from the suspect and ran to her bedroom only to be caught and forcefully held by him. As he held her, he demanded she give him the money from within her purse. The victim complied and Rhone fled out of the front door. The victim quickly called police.

Officers were able to locate an item that was taken from the victim’s residence at the location where Rhone was stopped. Rhone was also in possession of a black windbreaker and light color hat that he wore when he was inside the residence, but removed prior to officers initiating contact with him.

Rhone has been arrested on charges of attempted murder, robbery with a deadly weapon, coercion with force, burglary and battery to commit robbery.