May 26, 2013 7:54 pm

Man charged in deaths of Alaska couple, sexual assault of 2-year-old in their care


ANCHORAGE, Alaska – A man has been charged with beating an Alaska couple to death and the sexual assault of their 2-year-old great-granddaughter.

Anchorage police said the man was arrested Saturday night as he fled the east Anchorage homicide scene dressed only in boxer shorts and socks

He refused to give his name. He’s being held without bail at the Anchorage Jail on charges of first and second-degree murder, sexual assault and burglary in the deaths of Sorn Sreap, 71, and his wife, Touch Chea, 73.

Police in an announcement said both Sreap and Chea had suffered significant blunt force object injuries and that Chea had been raped. Police department spokeswoman Anita Shell said on-scene investigators were affected by the brutality and the ages of the victims.

“They said this was the worst thing they had ever seen in their lives, and these are seasoned detectives,” Shell said.

The couple were babysitting for their 2-year-old great-granddaughter, who was found with what police said were sexual assault injuries. The toddler was taken to an Anchorage hospital and underwent surgery, police said.

The toddler’s parents, along with their children and their own 90-year-old great-grandmother, lived in the same east Anchorage apartment as Sreap and Chea, police said.

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On Saturday night, the couple took their older child, a 4-year-old boy, to the movies and left the toddler with Sreap and Chea in a first-floor apartment.

The parents of the toddler are in their 20s. They told police they arrived home to find the apartment door locked from the inside.

The couple forced their way in through a window and found the bodies of Sreap and Chea.

A man in his 20s, they said, was naked in a bedroom with their daughter. The man during the confrontation managed to put boxer shorts on and ran.

Police took a 911 call just before 8 p.m. Dispatchers could hear screaming and a woman said a man had broken into her home and killed her grandmother, Chea.

The woman described the man as tattooed and fleeing in underwear.

Police detained the suspect about a block from the apartment.

Shell said the suspect was arraigned Sunday.

The bodies of Sreap and Chea were taken to the state medical examiner’s office for autopsies.

Names of the toddler and her parents were withheld.

© 2013 The Associated Press

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