Convicted Rapist Accused Of Murdering, Sexually Assaulting A Woman Found Dead In Alley

Source: MEGA; Rochester police

Oct. 15 2022, Published 3:01 p.m. ET

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A sex offender is now accused of rape and murder after a woman was found dead in a New York alley, police said.

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Around 11 p.m. on Sept. 24, police in Rochester, New York, were called to Pearce Street for a report of an injured woman in an alley.

Officer arrived and found 65-year-old Mary Simzer dead, police said. Authorities said she was murdered and raped. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

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Investigators identified Ronald Lagasse as the suspect. He was arrested this week and charged with second-degree murder. Police say additional charges may be possible.

Authorities did not detail if the suspect knew Simzer before the alleged attack.

Lagasse is a sex offender after he was convicted of third-degree rape in 1997, police said.


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