A Texas man alleged to have raped a 68-year-old neighbor was arrested Friday in part thanks to testimony from his own mother.
Gino Anthony Bononcini, 29, was taken into custody by Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies in San Antonio, Texas Friday after DNA evidence linked him to the sexual assault committed on April 25. San Antonio Express-News reported that the elderly victim had been asleep on her sofa when the suspect allegedly broke into her apartment.
Henry Ramos of KENS explained, “According to Bexar County Sheriff’s office, the woman woke up to use the restroom around four in the morning and then she saw Bononcini staring at her in front of her apartment door.”
In the victim’s affidavit relayed by Express-News, it was detailed that Bononcini instructed her to urinate and allegedly enjoyed the sound. According to the report, he then ordered her to the bed where she was sexually assaulted.
The victim was said to have called 911 an hour after the assault and when deputies arrived she explained that she recognized the suspect visiting the apartments where she lived and had seen him as recently as two weeks earlier barbecuing. She described the suspect to be in his 30s with short hair, about 5′ 10″ tall and of thin build, not muscular, with chest and arm tattoos.
On Tuesday, investigators spoke with the suspect’s mother Roxanne Bononcini who revealed her son had told her about how he “violated” their neighbor. Her testimony alleged her son entered the victim’s apartment through the window.
That statement gave deputies enough justification to earn a judge’s approval to do a cheek swab on Bononcini. That DNA evidence, Express-News reported, was a match for the DNA collected the day the victim was assaulted.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a press conference that the suspect “doesn’t live at these apartments where this attack occurred. Somebody that he visits frequently lives near the victim. It’s quite possible that one of the other places that he frequents as a guest, there may be victims in that area too.”
Salazar also expressed, “The way that it was perpetrated … he seemed very, very comfortable.”
Statistics from the San Antonio Police Department outline that incidents of sexual assaults have more than doubled in the area during the 10-year period spanning 2011 to 2021.
Because of these facts, Salazar went on to explain, “We felt the need to publicize [Bononcini’s arrest] in the hopes that somebody may have seen him lurking around or know of other attacks he may have been involved in,” and he urged anyone with possible information about this suspect or any other suspected sexual assaults to contact the sheriff’s office.
Bononcini has been charged with sexual assault and burglary of a habitation with intent to commit a felony and, according to the Daily Mail, in the state of Texas conviction for first-degree sexual assault means anywhere between five years and life in prison.
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