Cecilia Rico and son Elian hold candles during a Sunday evening prayer vigil for the victim of an attempted murder that transpired Saturday morning. Twenty-five neighbors, friends and family members of the victim gathered at 6 p.m. near the scene of the crime on the 900 block of Pecan Drive to pray for the wounded woman’s recovery and for a reduction in violent crime in Roswell. “This hit hard and it hurts. It’s awful,” neighbor Angelica Rodriguez said during the vigil. “Anybody could have been the victim.” Attendees of the vigil also offered prayers for Kenneth Whiteside, the suspect charged in the attack. (Mark Wilson Photo)
More details have been released in the affidavit of criminal complaint on the attempted murder, aggravated burglary and criminal sexual penetration that took place at the 900 block of Pecan Drive, Saturday. The woman ran to neighbors to get help, around 6:30 a.m., but she was so badly beaten the couple did not recognize her. She was described as being covered in blood, with slice marks on her neck. Her bottom teeth were broken out and her jaw swollen where it may have broken.
The officer, who stopped a white Buick with temporary Texas tags for driving erratically and not using indicators in the 800 block of North Greenwood not far from the location, noticed blood on the door of the vehicle and on the steering wheel. The officer also saw a flat-screen television in the back of the vehicle, half covered by a blanket, some jewelry and an Xbox games console.
Kenneth Whiteside, 18, was detained. According to the criminal complaint, Whiteside claimed to have found the items on Orchard Avenue after visiting a friend. Whiteside was taken to 350 W. Country Club Road where a sexual assault offenders examination took place.
The victim’s children were able to provide RPD with a description of some of their mother’s jewelry, along with that of a television and games console which purportedly matched some of the goods in the car.
Doctors at a local emergency room confirmed the victim had been stabbed in the neck and sides. The victim said the male subject broke into her home and she had been raped. The woman remains in stable but critical condition in a Lubbock hospital. Neighbors reported that she had difficulty speaking and she still is unable to speak.
During their initial sweep of the residence to clear it, officials reportedly discovered a kitchen drawer open. The television was missing. Later, officers found a flat-screen television abandoned in an alley. There was water in the bathtub, which was tinted red with blood, and blood on the wall.
Officers obtained a search warrant for the victim’s home when they observed a pool of dried blood just inside the front door. The document states detectives observed a large amount of blood throughout the residence, including one of the beds.
Whiteside remains at Chaves County Detention Center on charges of attempted murder, aggravated burglary and criminal sexual penetration. His bond has been set at $500,000.