OKLAHOMA CITY – A senior citizen in Oklahoma City is behind bars tonight accused of raping his 70-year-old elderly neighbor.
The alleged crime took place at a senior living complex on the city’s southwest side.
Getting around with the aide of a walker the frail 70-year-old woman claims her 67-year-old neighbor raped her Tuesday night.
“Last night she called said she was duct taped and a guy molested her,” said the victim’s friend Bruce Alton.
Alton has provided care to the 70-year-old for years.
Armed with duct tape and a kitchen knife, police say Allan Cruz sexually assaulted his elderly neighbor.
The victim claims Cruz came into her home and threatened her by saying, “If you scream I’ll kill you.”
“It’s like someone hit me in the gut. How could you do that to elderly little lady,” said Alton.
“He wouldn’t do nothing like that,” said the suspect’s close friend Ruie Phelps. “He’s always been there when I needed him to.”
Phelps says she’s known Cruz for 12 years and tearfully defended her friend.
She thinks the crime has been made up.
“I don’t believe it at all. He’s too good a person to do something like that,” said Phelps.
Court records show the suspect also had an active warrant for his arrest for 16 years.
Charges of false impersonation dating back to 1998 are still pending against Cruz.
Cruz remains behind bars tonight.
He’s being held on a 35 thousand dollar bond.