An Iowa man has been arrested for the brutal murder of a 97-year-old man.
A police officer’s camera captured the image of 19-year-old Ngor Peter Makuey fleeing the scene covered in blood which helped cops track down the assailant.
Police showed the photo to neighbors who identified Makuey and cops found him at his home with blood on his person and on clothes in his house.
Makuey is being held on $1 million bond and is charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Makuey reportedly lived across the street from 97-year-old Rupert Anderson and 94-year-old Harriet Anderson though it doesn’t appear that they knew each other.
At around 7 pm, Makuey knocked on their front door, went inside, and attacked the couple.
He struck Rupert multiple times and the 97-year-old died from the head trauma he received. His wife also sustained head trauma from multiple blows but is currently in stable condition at a local hospital.
Nothing was stolen and police are at a loss for what the man’s motive was.
“There is no known connection,” Sgt. Jason Halifax said. “It has the appearance of being totally random. It’s concerning. It doesn’t appear robbery was the motive. But we don’t know what the motive is.”
Halifax also said the man did not appear to be under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
“Without having a motive or a connection that we know of, this does seem like a random act,” Halifax said. “We don’t know if he knew they were elderly. They were not targeted for a specific item or cash.”
“They were the nicest people that I think you’d ever meet,” neighbor Betty Stradley said of the Andersons. “I’ve never heard anybody say a bad thing about them. They’d go out of their way to help you. I would have trusted them with anything. It sure won’t be the same without them.”