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Physical evidence leads police to suspects in assault of 71-yr-old woman

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A violent home invasion leaves a 71-year-old Louisville woman traumatized, and a simple clue helped police catch the men accused of tying up the woman while they robbed her.

“Situation happened early in the morning,” Detective Aaron Tinelli said. “4 o'clock in the morning is when they made entry into the actual home."

He says earlier this month three men broke into the home of a 71-year-old woman on Southside Drive.

"She began screaming, they went upstairs, held her at gunpoint and they tied her up with zip ties, plastic ties, to her bed and left her there," Tinelli said.

He says even though the men robbed the woman and left her tied up, she was still able to call police.

Tinelli said “The officers got the call and arrived on scene at about 6 a.m. and when they arrived on scene she came to the door, she was still bound."

Police say the suspects got away with the victim's valuables but left crucial evidence behind on a bottle of water.

“We were able to lift a finger print off of one of those areas that led us to these individuals," Tinelli explained.

Two of the suspects were arrested a short time later and Nathan Kelso made his first court appearance Monday morning.

The second suspect is 23- year-old Michael Decker but police say a third man, Rakeem Bentley, is still on the run.

Tinelli told us “The other individuals had homes that were over a long period of time that they have lived at one address, Rakeem is not that."

Police say the 71-year-old is still traumatized by what happened at the hands of the suspects.

"It's devastating to anybody,” Tinelli said, “especially to a 70-year-old woman; I would have to say that she's beside herself at this point."

Police say the suspects got away with money and jewelry.

If you have any information about Rakeem Bentley, you're asked to call the metro police tip line at 574-LMPD.

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