Man Beats 94-Year-Old, Says Unthinkable Before Setting House On Fire

It takes a particularly terrible person to attack a defenseless, elderly woman.

A Florida man has allegedly assaulted a 94-year-old woman and threatened to kill her because of a dispute over the elderly woman’s will. Roman Dusk, 65, became enraged because he believed that the victim had decided to leave her home to someone else after she passes. Mr. Dusk threw the victim to the ground before trying to light her house on fire and then left her for dead.

The victim, an elderly woman living in the 200 block of Slade Drive, Longwood, was beaten and left for dead by a close family friend after he heard a rumor that she planned to leave her home to someone he hadn’t heard of. The 94-year-old woman, who reportedly lives with Mr. Dusk, was left “black and blue” after he became physical with her while he was intoxicated. The woman told police that Mr. Dusk threw her to the ground in a fit of rage, jumping on her rib cage and leaving her left arm “completely bruised purple from elbow to wrist.” The elderly woman then told deputies that she thought she was going to die as she struggled to breathe on the floor of her home. Mr. Dusk moved in with the unnamed woman, who has claimed that she “raised him like a son, almost a year ago because he had nowhere else to go."

According to police, Mr. Dusk went to the home he shared with the woman he has known since he was nine in an attempt to persuade her to leave the house in his name. After Mr. Dusk confronted the woman, he told her that she was “94 years old, and people shouldn’t live that long.” He then pushed her to the floor and began jumping on her, stating “I’m here to kill you.” Following the assault, Mr. Dusk further threatened the elderly lady, stating he was going to burn down her entire house with her inside. After lighting a house plant on fire, it spread to an adjacent wall, threatening to continue to engulf the home. Only when the unnamed woman promised the house to him, did Mr. Dusk extinguish the blaze.

“Roman, you have killed me,” the woman told Mr. Dusk before he hurriedly left the home after attempting to cover up the burn marks on the wall with spray paint. The woman, severely injured and unable to move, was left for dead. However, her perseverance and courage gave her the strength to survive, allowing her to struggle for two hours in order to reach a phone and call 911.

Mr. Dusk was arrested by police after he was seen driving by the beaten woman’s home and faces a number of charges, including attempted murder and arson. Mr. Dusk is currently being held in the Seminole County Jail without bond. Unsurprisingly, online commenters are shocked and angered by the distressing attack, with one user, shotgun12, writing: “She should have taken in a stray dog. At least they are grateful and not likely to attack you. Plus, a dog probably would have protected her from this scum.”

Source: NY Daily News, Orlando Sentinel
Photo: Seminole County Sheriff's Office

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