A double murder and a two-year-old being raped were discovered by an Anchorage couple at their apartment Saturday night. The husband and wife were with their four-year-old son and returning from the movies, according to The Huffington Post.
When they arrived, they found the door of their apartment locked from the inside. Breaking a window, they gained entry and proceeded to a bedroom where they discovered the bodies of Touch Chea, age 71, and his 73-year-old wife Sorn Sreap.
Along with the bodies, there was a naked man with the young couple’s toddler. Despite efforts at detainment, the man escaped. Police later identified 24-year-old Jerry Andrew Active as a suspect. Active was arrested and charged later that night.
Police said that the young couple’s 90-year-old great-grandmother was also home, but unharmed, during the attack.
The toddler was Chea and Sreap’s great-granddaughter, according to The Washington Post. Their bodies were discovered by their granddaughter and her family. Details of how the victims were killed were not immediately available in the HuffPo report, but Anchorage police sergeant Slawomir Markiewicz confirmed that both toddler and Sreap were sexually assaulted.
The Post later revealed Chea and Sreap had been beaten to death. The later report also stated that the child was only two years old.
Active has been charged with first- and second-degree murder, sexual assault, and burglary. Markiewicz added that there was no evidence of a connection between the victims and Active before Saturday night’s assault. “It doesn’t appear that he knew them … It looks like a totally random act,” he said.
Unfortunately, while crimes like this are truly unsettling, they’re not as rare as you might think. In April, The Inquisitr reported about an Ohio man seeking clemency after raping a six-month-old baby girl to death.
In September 2012, a Michigan man orally raped and asphyxiated his 15-week-old baby girl.
Do you think crimes like these and the double murder and two-year-old raped in Anchorage are deserving of the death penalty?
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