CHARLOTTE, N.C. -- Official documents obtained by NBC Charlotte detail a handicapped elderly woman's account of the attempted murder and sexual assault against her.
Early in the morning of January 25, Charlotte-Mecklenburg Police were called to a home in the 10,300 block of Walkers Ferry Road in reference to an unconscious elderly woman who'd suffered multiple stab wounds to the chest and arm. The Charlotte Fire Department found the woman while fighting a blaze at the woman's home.
The victim was taken to the ICU at CMC Main with three stab wounds to her upper left chest, lacerations on her left arm and both hands and for treatment of smoke inhalation.
The woman told authorities that a handyman she'd hired back in November to make repairs to leaky plumbing stopped by her home. Officials say the woman suffers from several health issues that played a part in her not realizing it was the middle of the night.
The victim, who sometimes uses a cane to walk short distances, let the handyman inside.
According to the probable cause affidavit, the handyman put on blue latex gloves and attempted to sexually assault the victim. The victim declined his sexual advances and struck the handyman with her walking cane, officials say. According to official documents, the handyman then took the cane from her and hit her on the head before pulling a knife from a sheath and stabbing her.
Charlotte Fire officials say her home was then intentionally set on fire.
The victim described her attacker as a white male in his 20s, approximately 5'9" with short brown hair and a beard. She told authorities that a friend of hers knew the man's name.
Because of the severity of her injuries, no further statement was taken by police at that time, but in the following days, the victim was able to positively identify her attacker from a photo line up as 22-year-old Ryan Lee Capps.
Capps was arrested and charged with attempted murder, first-degree arson, assault on a handicapped person with intent to kill, sexual battery and possession of drug paraphernalia.
Authorities searched Capps' home last Tuesday and seized several clothing items, three knives, a taser, voice recorder, cell phone, lighters and several pieces of drug paraphernalia as evidence to substantiate the charges against him, according to official documents.