12 06 2008

Disabled New London assault victim used medical alert to call police

Suspect charged in ‘disturbing’ New London case

by Dan Wilson • Post-Crescent staff writer • June 10, 2008

http://www.postcrescent.com/apps/pbcs.dll/article?AID=/20080610/APC0101/806100487/1979

Appleton — A New London woman, while fending off an attacker, managed to activate her medical alert necklace to summon police, who soon arrested a suspect, a criminal complaint says.

The defendant, Eliseo Corona Vargas, 50, of New London, was placed on a $50,000 cash bond Monday on charges of second-degree sexual assault, burglary and bail jumping.

“I don’t think that it gets much worse than this,” said Outagamie County Assistant Dist. Atty. Kyle Sargent.

Court Commissioner Brian Figy agreed.

“We have some deeply disturbing allegations before the court,” said Figy, who continued the case to Wednesday. “And the defendant is a danger to the public.”

In the wee hours of Saturday, Vargas broke a window screen to gain access to the woman’s Division Street apartment, according to the complaint.

Vargas then assaulted the woman in her bed, according to the complaint. She struggled with her attacker and bit him on the lips and tongue.

The woman, who is disabled, wears a medical alert pendant around her neck. She activated the pendant that called the medical alert vendor through her phone. The pendant also puts the phone on speaker, so when the return call came in asking her if she was OK, she screamed, “Someone is raping me.”

The vendor then called police.

The woman said the attacker fled as soon as he heard the call.

When police arrived, they found the woman covered in blood as a result of her struggle. Police then followed a blood trail and found Vargas in a nearby apartment.

The two are not acquainted.

Court records show Vargas was out of jail on a signature bond on a charge of second-degree sexual assault in Waupaca County.

Dan Wilson: 920-993-1000, ext. 304, or dwilson@postcrescent.com

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