A 76-year-old woman was out doing yard work on Palm Avenue just off East State Street. Rockford police say 36-year-old Ronnie Martinez approached the elderly woman and offered to help her in the garden.
Martinez asked if he could go inside and wash his hands. After another request to then use the woman's bathroom Martinez began attacking the woman. A neighbor heard her cries for help. The neighbor came over and got Martinez off of the elderly woman and held down Martinez until police were able to arrive.
Martinez is charged with home invasion and residential burglary.