Alaska Cops Call Attack Worst They've Ever Seen

Elderly couple murdered, 2-year-old girl assaulted
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted May 27, 2013 5:13 AM CDT
Updated May 27, 2013 8:00 AM CDT
Elderly Alaska Couple Killed, Toddler Assaulted
Jerry Active, 24, was arrested blocks away from the crime scene wearing only boxer shorts.   (

Police in Anchorage, Alaska, have been shaken by a horrific and apparently random attack on an elderly couple and the great-granddaughter they were babysitting. Investigators say registered sex offender Jerry Active murdered Touch Chea, 73, and his wife, 71-year-old Sorn Sreap, and sexually assaulted the 2-year-old girl in their care, the AP reports. The elderly woman was also sexually assaulted. Says a police department rep, "They said this was the worst thing they had ever seen in their lives, and these are seasoned detectives."

Active, 24, was arrested after family members came home and apparently found him in the house in his boxer shorts; the child's father reportedly ran after and punched Active, who was apprehended by police one block away, the Anchorage Daily News reports. Police say the couple were killed by "blunt force trauma" after the suspect broke into the apartment through a window. A 90-year-old woman who was also in the apartment was apparently unharmed, but has been unable to communicate with police due to her dementia. The toddler has had surgery. A judge, calling the crime chilling "beyond words," set bail for Active at $1.5 million. (Read more Alaska stories.)

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