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‘The whole thing is horrific’: West Haven apartment complex promises increased security after alleged sexual assault of elderly woman
WEST HAVEN — In the wake of the alleged sexual assault of a 74-year-old resident, those living in the city’s Surfside apartments are angry and fearful, and a housing authority official said some immediate changes would be implemented, including increased security.
But residents of the building at 200 Oak St. — apartments for seniors, the disabled and others — say it’s too little too late, as they have been complaining of lax security for years.
Security is being increased at the building and future safety measures are in the works, said Savin Rock Communities/Housing Authority Executive Director John Counter.
“The whole thing is horrific,” he said of the alleged sexual assault. “I’ve got an 82-year-old mother and an 89-year-old father. I can’t imagine the trauma of getting whipped around by a …strongman.”
The sexual assault victim is hospitalized and police said she may have suffered a heart attack as a result of the incident.
The suspect, Giani Morales, 27, of Massachusetts is being held in lieu of $1.25 million bail per order of a judge in Milford who oversaw Morales’ arraignment.
“This is one of the most appalling scenarios that I have read in a police report in the 25-plus years that I have been a judge,” Judge Maureen Dennis told Morales in court.
Morales is charged with first-degree sexual assault, home invasion, first-degree burglary, third-degree assault of an elderly person and third-degree assault.
According to a police report, Morales allegedly exposed himself to the woman while near the building’s elevators, then pushed her inside her apartment and assaulted her. The woman was hospitalized after the incident, potentially having suffered a heart attack, according to Assistant State’s Attorney Alanna Paul.
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