Sexual Assault Suspect Victimizes 93-year-old Mesa Resident

March 21, 2008

photo of Peter Cupis, Jr.On March 20, 2008 at 7:46 p.m. the Mesa Police Department arrested 28-year-old Mesa resident Peter Cupis, Jr. for Sexual Assault, kidnapping, burglary, and sexual abuse. The crime occurred on the evening of March 20th in the 500 block of North Robson between 6:00 p.m. and 7:45 p.m. Upon first glance, the serious nature of the crimes are very apparent. What makes the crime even more heinous is the fact that the victim is a 93-year-old Mesa resident who was home alone at the time.

Investigators believe that on the listed date at approximately 6:00 p.m., Cupis gained entry into the victim's residence through a side door. The victim heard the noise at the door and went to investigate. Cupis gained entry and immediately attacked the victim. During the attack he is believed to have sexually assaulted and abused the victim. At one point during the attack the victim was able to activate her medical alert bracelet. The victim's family immediately responded to the residence and found the suspect inside. A family member prevented Cupis from leaving the residence.

The police were immediately notified and responded to the scene. Cupis was taken into police custody without further incident. During a post-Miranda interview Cupis stated that he was trying to help the victim after he saw her walking outside of her residence. He denied the assault. Investigators gathered evidence to support that an attack did in fact occur and that Cupis was the perpetrator. The victim sustained various physical injuries during the struggle and received medical treatment.

Cupis was booked on 2 counts of Sexual Assault, 1 count of Kidnapping to Commit a Sexual Offense, 1 count of Burglary and 1 count of Sexual Abuse. Investigators have requested that Cupis be held without bond due to the violent nature of the offense and the fact that he lives in the same neighborhood as the victim.



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