SACRAMENTO (CBS13) — The brother of a paralyzed and wheelchair-bound rape victim says her recent sexual assault is just the latest in a series of tragedies.
Jesus Lee was at the Sacramento County Superior Courthouse to support his sister after a brutal attack on Power Inn Road.
“It’s very sad,” he said. “My sister has been a victim all her life.”
Sheriff’s deputies say Abraham Arroyo allegedly broke into her apartment and sexually assaulted her. Paralyzed from the waist down, Lee’s sister couldn’t fight back.
“The poor lady has been through everything this year,” Lee said.
Arroyo was eventually caught, and Lee showed up to see the case continued on Tuesday for three weeks. Arroyo is being held without bail.
Lee says his sister’s misfortunes began when she was paralyzed in a foster home at 2 years old.
“As children, we were placed in foster homes. And the last foster home that we were at was very abusive,” he said. “A lady ended up breaking my sister’s spine in that incident.
Adding to the pain is a recent divorce, and possibly losing her dog, because there’s no room in her new home.
“She has to lose a member of her family today,” Lee said. “It’s sad, because she has to let her dog go.”
As far as the family’s feelings about the suspect?
“There’s things I want to say,” Lee said. “But like I said, I turned my life over to God, so I’m trying to keep myself calm.”