HOUSTON—Houston police are searching for the person who sexually assaulted an elderly woman who was found badly beaten and clinging to life outside a business on January 17.
Alejandra D. Gueldner, 72, left work at the Hilton Americas at 1600 Lamar Street around midnight.
She is seen on surveillance video exiting the back door of the building, walking eastbound on Polk Street and then turning north on Avenida De Las Americas. She can then be seen walking northbound on Avenida De Las Americas, crossing in front of the George R. Brown Convention Center and then appearing to turn eastbound onto Rusk Street. She is not seen again.
Gueldner normally rides the METRO 50 Harrisburg line to her home near Broadway in southeast Houston. It is believed she either never made it to the bus stop at Texas Avenue and Hamilton Street or that she decided to walk home.
Employees found Gueldner in front of their business in the 1200 block of Hardy Street around 4:45 a.m. and immediately called 911. She was transported to an area hospital where it was determined she had been beaten, suffering blunt force trauma, and sexually assaulted.
"Everybody's feeling so sad," said co-worker Maria Guebara.
She remained in the hospital for five days, but succumbed to her extensive injuries on January 22.
"They really beat her up," said Leslie Gueldner, the victim's son. "She was brutally beat up."
Authorities are combing the area to find the suspect responsible for her death.
Surveillance video shows that between 3 a.m. to 3:30 a.m., there was foot traffic in the area. A witness also described seeing her at the above location about 3:45 a.m. At about 4:30 a.m., a light colored SUV is seen driving by and briefly stopping. However, the driver did not contact police and it is unknown what connection, if any, he/she may have with the case.
"One of the most innocent people you could ever meet," said family friend Sam Barraza. "And she wouldn't accept rides so I know if she was taken to this spot, she was taken against her will."
Anyone with information is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.