Rape suspect Bryce Scott, 42, was caught running out of his victim's apartment in Houston, Texas while wearing no clothes. The incident happened at about 4 a.m. on Thursday and it was the 12-year-old who witnessed her mother being abused who called 911.
The child told dispatchers that her mother was being raped by a neighbor who forcefully entered their apartment that night. The woman had been forced to undress in front of her children before he proceeded to rape her, an ABC affiliate reported. While ABC reported she had recently migrated from Iran and hadn't lived in the apartment complex for long, the Houston Police Department's media team could not immediately confirm her origin.
When police officers arrived at the scene, the suspect ran without any clothes, leaving his ID in the victim's apartment. He ran for about 40 yards before hiding under a nearby truck, where he was later found.
The rapist lives in the apartment complex where the incident took place. He shares the apartment with his mother and his own two daughters. Both he and the victim knew each other since their children often played together at the common courtyard. Neighbors who did not want to have their footage taken told local reporters that Scott was “nice” and that he was often outside with this kids. Many said they would have never imagined he would have been arrested aggravated sexual assault.
The victim was able to give her 12-year-old daughter her phone while she was being abused, telling her “in Arabic to call the police,” Sgt. Reginald Porter of the Houston Police Department said.
According to a conversation between Carbonated.TV and the Houston Police Department Media Relations team, an Arabic-speaking officer was requested at the scene because the victim spoke the language. No further details on the immigrant's background were readily available.
It's unclear whether this attacker targeted the victim because of her origins, but what's evident is that many immigrants have suffered abuse in the hands of locals and officers — both here and in Europe — simply because of their religion.