According to the police, a 57-year-old woman, Elaine Caparroz, a single mum, was beaten four hours by a 27-year-old man, Vinicius Serra, in her apartment in Rio De Janeiro, Brazil.
The single mom shared her shocking images to show her horrific injuries after the brutal attack. The assault happened on Saturday around 1 am and lasted until 5:30 in the morning.
She was beaten hard and suffered multiple fractures to her face, including a broken nose, severe damage to the orbital bones around her eyes, lost teeth, and injuries inside her mouth that needed more than 40 stitches.
Caparroz has tried to protect herself and escaped from the attacker but she was punched, kicked, and bitten on her arms and legs.
“I tried to defend myself but with each punch he gave me, I thought I was going to die.”
The walls and floor were covered with blood and damaged furniture was scattered – maybe she was dragged around the apartment during the attacks.
When they heard desperate screams, the neighbors intervened to help and alerted the building security guards. Upon entering the apartment, they found Caparroz seriously injured lying on the floor with blood everywhere.
The security guards had managed to lock the entire exit gate to detain the suspect until the police arrived.
Caparroz is a woman who owns a landscaping business and invited Serra, a law student, to her apartment for dinner last Friday. After chatting with him for eight long months on social media, they decided to have their first meeting.
She said: “We talked online for a long time and I thought our friendship would evolve into something really good. When I invited him to my apartment, I felt confident and comfortable in doing so. I believed I knew him from our conversations.”
Then after they have slept together, the horrific attack began.
She claimed Serra suggested they “cuddle up” and told her to “Lie on my shoulder so that we can sleep wrapped up together.” But then hours later, she was awoken by the cruel brutal beating. The victim recalled the attacks in tormenting detail while speaking from her hospital bed.
She said: “He tried to put me in a stranglehold. I put my hands up to prevent him from completing the move, but then he bit me on my arms. He was on top of me and he kept punching me again and again… I woke up with him punching me in the face. He just kept on screaming and swearing at me. He was beating me so much, so hard. I tried to defend myself but with each punch he gave me, I thought I was going to die. Then I think I must have passed out because I don’t remember much else except vaguely hearing someone asking how I was doing.”
After an investigation with the police, Serra claimed that he had drunk a lot of wine and had fallen asleep. He suddenly freaked out when he woke up and suffered “a psychotic outbreak” which “forced” him to “hit Elaine for hours.”
Detective Adriana Belém stated, “We believed this is a case of attempted femicide because according to investigators Serra tried to disguise who he was when he arrived at the condominium. Instead of using his real name, he allegedly identified himself as Felipe, which was the name signed in the guest book.”
And on Monday, the judge ordered the offender be detained behind bars pending investigation and should undergo a psychiatric medical examination to assess his state of mind.
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“Releasing the suspect could generate more fear for the victim who is already shaken by such a serious crime, being allegedly committed in her residence,” the magistrate said.
Based on medical records released on Monday, the victim was already in a stable condition but she was transferred to the intensive care unit in Casa de Portugal Hospital. The doctor said after doing a series of examinations that she is recovering well and doesn’t need to undergo surgery.
But her brother Rogerio said: “Psychologically, she is still disorientated and confused. “We don’t know whether there will be long term consequences as doctors have not ruled out neurological damage.”