PROSSER - A man accused of breaking into an 85-year-old woman's home and trying to rape her will be arraigned today in Benton County Superior Court.
Gilbert S. Madrigal, 18, is being held in Benton County jail on $250,000 bail for allegedly forcing open a door at her home, north of Prosser, and trying to rape the woman, who uses a walker.
Madrigal has been charged with second-degree attempted rape with aggravating circumstances due to the victim's vulnerability, and residential burglary with a sexual motivation. He could face up to 10 years in prison, said Megan Whitmire, deputy Benton County prosecutor.
On Oct. 22, Madrigal forced his way through the door, which had a faulty latch, after the woman would not open it for him, said Benton County sheriff's detective Larry Smith.
She fended off his attempts to rape her, Smith said, and was not injured.
Madrigal then stole about $10 in cash, some coin jars and the woman's cell phone, leaving her unable to call for help for several hours until her daughter returned home from work, Smith said.
The woman lives with her daughter, while Madrigal had been staying with family members in a home across the street.
Deputies and Sunnyside police arrested Madrigal the next day in Sunnyside, Smith said.
Deputies found him with the stolen money and the cell phone, Smith said. They also have a grocery store surveillance video of Madrigal using an automated coin changer to cash the coin jars, Smith said.