Accused rapist of 82 year-old woman admits to crimes as cameras roll, but denies rape

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He's only 18, but Asa Roberts already has a significant adult rap sheet on top of a lengthy juvenile one.  He more than doubled the number of serious crimes for which he'd been accused after the most recent, and most heinous, criminal act in which he's suspected:  the torture and rape of an 82 year-old woman during a 4 1/2-hour ordeal.

On Friday, he admitted to some of the crimes with which he's charged, but denied the most serious one -- the elderly woman's rape.

"I'm sorry for being in her house, [and] everything else,  I apologize," said Roberts, as detectives led him out of the Brooklyn Special Victims Division headquarters.  "But I did not rape the lady," he said in front of rolling cameras, while he was being transferred to await his first court appearance on a variety of charges.

But when PIX11 News asked him why he'd run from police and from his family, who were cooperating with the NYPD following the early Monday morning crimes, his answer was inaudible.

He concluded with, "That's all I have to say. Have a nice day."  Then, the police vehicle he'd been loaded into sped off to lockup and court.

In the Monday morning rape and torture case alone, Roberts faces felony charges of rape, robbery, assault, burglary, criminal sexual act, strangulation, unlawful imprisonment and endangering an adult. He also faces misdemeanor charges of petit larceny, menacing with a weapon, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property.

The weapon charges are related to him allegedly holding a knife to the face of his victim while carrying out the attack for which he's accused.

The 82 year-old survivor is suffering significant physical and mental trauma according to law enforcement sources, but that didn't stop her from going to a lineup Friday afternoon and quickly picking out Roberts as her attacker, according to detectives.

They also suspect that Roberts may have other sex assault victims, or victims of other crimes.  On Friday alone, investigators said, he sneaked into and hid in two different buildings before they caught him.  During the search, they said, Roberts committed burglary, criminal trespass and trespass, all crimes for which he is also now charged.

Those accused crimes are in addition to an assault charge he lodged during an encounter with an officer last March in which he punched the cop, according to prosecutors, breaking the officer's jaw.

Roberts also has other assault and robbery charges against him from cases earlier in the past year.

Police ask anyone with more information about Roberts to click here https://a056-crimestoppers.nyc.gov/crimestoppers/public/tip-form.cfm or call them at 800-577-TIPS (8477).