Teen who assaulted elderly woman said he did so because she ‘touched’ him

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The 19-year-old who allegedly attempted to murder an elderly woman on Tuesday told police that he did so because she “touched” him.

Jeremy Janell Alvarez resides in the same Sinajana residence as the victim, a 77-year-old woman. Police reports indicate that the elderly woman was struck five to ten times with a hammer on the back of her head.

Alvarez confessed to police hours after the incident occurred, self-surrendering to authorities at the Central Precinct Command kneeling and in tears telling police “she broke my heart… she messed with the wrong guy.”

Police say that Alvarez went to the elderly woman’s bedroom to ask for Xanax and that was when Alvarez claims she touched his genitals.

Court documents state, “He said it made him angry and he hit her with the hammer that was in her room. She had been kneeling down facing away from him when he hit her. She fell after the first hit, but continued to hit her ‘five to ten times’ more because he just ‘felt like he has to…keep going.'”

After the incident, Alvarez left the elderly woman bloodied and on the floor. When she was discovered by other residents, Alvarez had moved on with his day, picking up trash outside the home.

A bloodied shirt, shorts, and shins were confiscated by police. Alvarez was booked and confined on charges of attempted murder, and aggravated assault both with the special allegation of use and possession of a deadly weapon in the commission of a felony.

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Jolene Toves
Jolene joined the PNC team in 2017, as a producer, co-anchor and investigative reporter covering law enforcement, courts and crimes. Notable coverage includes the Ehlert case, the Mark Torre Jr. trial, the Allan Agababa trial, exclusive pieces on the Life of a Drug Dealer/Addict, and Life behind bars...the story of Honofre Chargualaf and Kevin Cruz. In 2019, she was promoted to Assistant News Director and Lead Anchor. From 2015 to 2017 she served as Public Relations and Promotions Manager, for the Hotel Nikko Guam handling local radio and advertorial promotions, as well as produced and directed tv commercials for the hotel. Prior to this she worked with KUAM for three years as a reporter and segment host. She began her journalism career in 2012, working with Glimpses of Guam contributing to the Guam Business Magazine, R&R magazine, MDM magazine and the Marianas Business Journal.