LOWELL — A 38-year-old suspect was ordered held without bail Tuesday for allegedly breaking into a local home, assaulting a man who later died of his injuries, and raping a woman who lives in the residence, according to court records and prosecutors.
Hoeup Honn, 38, was arraigned in Lowell District Court on charges of rape, kidnapping, and assault and battery causing serious bodily injury, legal filings show. He was ordered held pending a dangerousness hearing on Sept. 25.
A not-guilty plea was entered on Honn’s behalf, and his court-appointed lawyer declined to comment when reached by phone.
Additional charges could be filed pending the medical examiner’s review of the man’s death.
In a statement Monday, Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan’s office said the alleged attack had occurred on Queen Street that afternoon and police were called to the home around 3 p.m.
Honn, who knows the woman at that address, broke in and allegedly “attacked the first floor tenant, a male in his 50s,” the statement said. “When the female resident arrived home she discovered the first floor tenant deceased and was then allegedly held within the home against her will and assaulted by Hoeup Honn, 38. When Honn fell asleep the female victim fled the residence and managed to use a neighbor’s phone to contact authorities.”
The name of the deceased man was withheld pending family notification. Authorities didn’t immediately disclose how Honn knew the woman he allegedly raped.
Neighbors on the victims’ street voiced shock Tuesday over the daytime attack that unfolded the day before in the two-family home at 27 Queen St.
One man who declined to be identified said he saw the woman regularly but didn’t know her.
“I feel awful,” he said. “She always seemed really nice. Just a typical neighbor you don’t know. Quiet, good, neighbor.”
Chantha Vieng, 37, of Lowell, said the man who died would often ride a bicycle around the neighborhood and never caused any trouble.
“Good guy, he don’t drink,” Vieng said. “He’d buy scratch tickets, hang out. He chillin’. Don’t do nothing to wrong people. [He’s] good people, you know?”