A man has been charged with sexually assaulting his 68-year-old neighbor after his mum reported him to police.
Gino Anthony Bononcini, who is 29 years, from San Antonio, was arrested by Bear County Sheriff’s deputies, following the incident which occurred in April, 2022. His mother turned him in after he confessed to her about what he had done.
Anthony’s mother, Roxanne Bononcini, said her son told her that he had “violated” their neighbor after entering through a window at her home in the dead of night, according to reports.
Per reports, the victim saw the suspect in her hallway around 4 am in the morning. She had previously been sleeping on her sofa and got up to use the bathroom, only to find that the unwanted intruder had broken in.
The victim told the court she recognized the man as he frequently visited the house next door and she even saw him two weeks before at a friend’s barbecue party.
Recounting what happened that tragic night, the 68-year-old woman disclosed that when she screamed “don’t kill me”, he ordered her to “shut up,” documents state.
She further claimed that he told her to urinate in the toilet as he enjoyed the sound and then took her to her bed and raped her. According to the reports, the victim only speaks Spanish so could not understand what Bononcini allegedly said to her when he was in the house.
The victim also described the suspect to authorities as a thinly built man with short hair, tattoos on his chest and upper arms, in his 30s, and standing around 5-foot-10.
Bononcini was linked to the crime through a DNA swab that was compared against crime scene evidence. The swab was obtained with a warrant and he was arrested as soon as the results came back, the sheriff disclosed.
Sheriff Salazar at a press conference said: “The DNA sampling that we got came to us and it’s basically one in 69 sextillion chances that this could be the suspect. The way that it was perpetrated… he seemed very, very comfortable”.
Sheriff Salazar also mentioned that due to the nature of the sexual assault, they’re asking for other potential victims to come forward.
The sheriff, addressing local media said: “We felt the need to publicize it (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”.
Upon some investigations conducted, it was realized that on Bononcini’s Facebook page, he works at a children’s hospital in his hometown, and just days before the attack, Bononcini posted on Facebook promoting tantric sex, per reports.
Meanwhile, a conviction of first-degree sexual assault in Texas can carry anywhere between five years in prison and a life sentence. According to statistics from the city, sexual assaults have more than doubled in San Antonio over the past 10 years.