Teen indicted after woman seriously injured in home invasion

by: Tom Jones Updated:

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DEKALB COUNTY, Ga. - A DeKalb County grand jury has indicted a teenager for a home invasion that left a senior citizen seriously injured.

Quiantae Collins, 18, now faces several felony charges, including aggravated assault, burglary and abuse of an elderly person.

A neighbor, who didn't want to be identified, was disturbed after Channel 2's Tom Jones told him what police say happened.

"That alarms the hell out of me in itself. That she wasn't able to make a sound or kick the wall or say help me or get off me or something," the retired police officer said.

DeKalb County police said the 78-year-old woman couldn't scream for help because Collins had choked her and beaten her in her home on Stewart Lake Court in September.

District Attorney Robert James said Collins did more than beat her.

"The allegations are that he took her check. That he took her car keys and that he tried to force her to perform a sexual act," he said.

Police said Collins knocked on the woman's door and said his grandmother wanted to borrow some washing powder.

According to reports, the victim thought he was a relative of a neighbor and opened the door.

"Once inside he physically and violently attacked her," James said.

Police said Collins drove off in her car but didn't get far because the car didn't have any gas in it.

Officers were called to investigate the car in the street and that's how they found the victim bruised and battered in her home. Collins was caught not far away.

The victim's neighbor wishes she had ignored her attacker's knock at the door.

"I don't have any washing powder. See you tomorrow. Shut your door. turn your lights off. Whatever you need to do but do not open your door," he said.

Collins is being held at the DeKalb County Jail.



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