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Utah man, 74, charged with violently attacking woman in their senior living center

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The Davis County Courts Complex in Farmington is pictured on Friday, March 19, 2021. On Wednesday, a 74-year-old man was charged with five felonies accusing him of attacking a 75-year-old woman at a senior living center in Layton.

Steve Griffin, Deseret News

Criminal charges have been filed against an elderly man accused of violently assaulting an elderly woman at a senior living center in Layton where they both live.

David Scott Watson, 74, was charged Wednesday in 2nd District Court with object rape and aggravated burglary, first-degree felonies; two counts of forcible sexual abuse, a second-degree felony; and aggravated assault, a third-degree felony.

Watson entered the apartment of a 75-year-old woman on Sunday at the Legacy Cottages of Layton, 250 N. Adamswood Road, wearing a robe, no shoes and “black type gloves,” according to charging documents.

“He covered her mouth with a gloved hand and her breathing was impeded. He repeatedly punched her face, jaw and chest,” the charges state.

Watson then sexually assaulted the woman who “attempted to resist but is limited due to her physical capabilities,” according to the charges. The woman told police Watson also seemed to get tired after a while.

Watson — who lives in the same complex — threatened to return the next day and assault her again, the charges state.

As he was leaving the room, however, he tripped and fell and was unable to get up for a few minutes, according to police. The woman, who was also unable to get up, tried to get her digital voice assistant to send help.

The woman said, “‘Alexa, call 911.’ Watson immediately shouted, ‘Alexa, no don’t call.’ This happened several times but no contact was ever made,” the charging documents say.

Watson was eventually able to get up and leave. The woman then called police and officers arrived about 5:15 a.m., a police booking affidavit states.

About 6:30 a.m., while police were still on scene, an officer noticed an elderly man walking to a dumpster at a nearby restaurant near the apartment complex, the affidavit states. Thinking it was odd behavior, the officer followed.

Police found Watson “disposing a trash bag of cloth gloves and blue flannel robe,” the charges say. “He also had a large scrape on the top of his head.”

Although prosecutors noted in court documents that Watson has no prior criminal history, they have requested that he be held in the Davis County Jail without bail.

The Deseret News contacted the Legacy Cottages where a woman who answered the phone said Wednesday that they had no comment.