Kenneth Whiteside pictured above
Record Staff Writer
Roswell Police Department officers arrested a teenager Saturday morning for the rape and stabbing of a 40-year-old victim and burglarization of the victim’s home on Pecan Drive, leaving the victim in critical condition.
Kenneth Whiteside, 18, has been charged with attempted murder, aggravated burglary and criminal sexual penetration, according to an RPD press release.
Officers responded to the 900 block of Pecan Drive, near Spring River Park and Zoo, at around 6:30 a.m. Saturday.
Whiteside had allegedly broken into the victim’s home, attacked her and left her to die, according to the release. The victim then went to the house of a neighbor seeking help and the neighbor called 911, the release stated.
Responding officers saw a vehicle matching a description of the suspect’s car, initiated a traffic stop and arrested the driver, according to the release.
The victim was transported to a hospital out of town for medical treatment, according to Sgt. Ron Smith, who was investigating the crime scene Saturday. He said the victim left in critical condition. As of 4:45 p.m. on Saturday he did not have further details.
Neighbors responded to the violent incident with shock and some expressed fear for the safety of themselves and their families.
“My concern is because my daughter walks home by herself from school,” said a woman who lives in the neighborhood.
Her husband said the family’s dog had been disturbed around the time of the incident.
“The dog kept barking here. He doesn’t do that every night,” the man said. “Our dog did notice something. It was a little aggravated.”
The man said that the victim had written posts on Facebook indicating that she was single and lived alone.
The incident is not the first violent crime to occur in the neighborhood. Juan Gonzales, who neighbors referred to as “Big Pun,” was shot and killed at Pecan Place on May 19.
The Record could not confirm whether Whiteside has ever been a student in the Roswell Independent School District.
Neighbors said they did not know of anyone living on Pecan Drive who matched the suspect’s physical description.
Whiteside is being held on $500,000 bond at Chaves County Detention Center, according to the RPD press release.