Police: Sexual Assault Led To Woman's Death

Man Faces Murder Charge

A man who was arrested on numerous charges last month after a 79-year-old woman claimed he sexually assaulted her now faces a murder charge after her death.

Monte Ayres, 46, was arrested on July 18 in the 1000 block of North Kealing Avenue, in a home he shared with the victim.

Indianapolis police Sgt. Matt Mount said Kathleen Vargas told officers that Ayres, a man she described as her boyfriend, had attacked her.

"She was visibly shaking. She was crying, in a lot of pain, stated that he had just sexually assaulted her," Mount said. "He used an object to assault her, and that's what we believe caused much of the internal damage."

Police said Vargas' spleen was ruptured in the attack. One of her neighbors said he heard Vargas screaming in pain, 6News' Jennifer Carmack reported.

"I went outside and she was cold and I tried to help her in the house, but she was in pain, so I got a blanket and put around her," said Wayne Norton.

Ayres was arrested in July on charges of attempted murder, aggravated battery, rape, criminal deviate conduct and resisting law enforcement.

Monte Ayres

Vargas was taken to Methodist Hospital, where her condition degraded over time. She died Wednesday night at St. Vincent Hospice.

Police said Vargas' death directly resulted from injuries she suffered in the attack.

"She went through a horrific experience because of him, and her life has been lost because of it," Mount said. "He's a dangerous person. If he will do this type of thing to a (79-year-old) woman, he needs to be off the street and now, he needs to suffer the consequences."

Neighbors said they never suspected Ayres was violent toward Vargas.

"I'm just lost for words. This is something that never should have happened," said neighbor Darrell Powers. "She thought she was doing him good by letting him stay there and it just turned out to be a bad situation."