Arrest made in Louisa home invasion beating
Charges filed against Remone Houchens, brother of former Lion football standout Rontray Houchens, who is facing his own legal troubles, in addition to a charge in this case. Click here for more Central Virginian
His family has endured immeasurable pain this week. But at a Friday afternoon press conference to announce a major arrest, Monty Rosson offered words of healing.
“The community of Louisa is like one big family,” the son of 87-year-old beating victim Lois Rosson told assembled media and officials. “And the family has come together in this instance.”
Louisa resident Remone Jilantai Houchens, 19, has been charged with the May 22 home invasion and beating that stunned Louisa. Authorities allege that DNA evidence found at the scene on Elm Avenue ties Houchens to the crime.
Louisa County Sheriff's Office Major Donald A. Lowe praised the group effort that led to the arrest, from investigators and deputies who worked around the clock, to the family members of the victim, to a number of law enforcement agencies.
"Through the efforts of the commonwealth’s attorney’s office and the Viginia Forensics lab, we were able to get DNA testing done very quickly," Lowe said, "quicker than I’ve ever seen.”
Lowe stopped short of connecting Remone Houchens or the home invasion to gang activity. But he characterized the attack as "a punk way of doing business."
Houchens has been charged with malicious wounding and entering a house to commit a felony. He is expected back in Louisa General District Court on Tuesday, June 1.
According to police reports, in the early morning hours of May 22, 87-year-old town of Louisa resident Lois Rosson was awoken by a noise and then attacked in her bedroom by an intruder, suffering broken facial bones. The suspect threatened further violence before stealing one handgun from the home, authorities said.
In a statement establishing a reward of $4,000, the Rosson family said that the matriarch was "brutally" beaten and left "in a pool of blood to die."
That reward soon climbed to $10,000, with contributions made by the Crimesolvers, the county of Louisa and the town of Louisa.
"It was such a brutal crime," said town council member Bud Dulaney. "We felt it was important to do what we could to assist the sheriff's office and police department in their investigation."
Rosson was released from the UVA Medical Center on Wednesday, as the Louisa County Sheriff's Office was closing in on Houchens. Monty Rosson confirmed on Friday that Lois Rosson has permanently lost sight in her left eye. Houchens was arrested after 7 p.m. on Thursday night.
In 2008, Houchens was convicted of carrying a concealed weapon and sentenced to 90 days of suspended jail time. In 2009, he was convicted of obstruction of justice and sentenced to 30 days in jail, again with all time suspended. Houchens is awaiting trials later this year on charges of possession of marijuana and non-compliance with terms of probation.
The LCSO has also arrested Rontray Houchens and Linda Houchens on charges of obstruction of justice related to the arrest of Remone.
For more on Rontray Houchens's charges, visit Central Virginian