A 74-years-old woman faced a terrifying attack when a stranger broke into her home in West Seneca. But Delia Rollek is a survivor who managed to put up a fight despite her years.
Rollek wanted to talk to News 4 because her attacker, 31-year-old Jason Kester pleaded guilty. Now that the criminal case is over, she hopes her story reaches other seniors who live alone and might be vulnerable to an attack like this. She may be 74, but Rollek says she is not “elderly.”
“No, don’t you dare call me an elderly lady,” she said.
She’s feisty, and she’s very active. And it all paid off – in a way she wishes it didn’t have to.
“I went to the back door to see what he wanted. And he pushed me in the house,” Rollek said.
It was Jason Kester. A 31-year-old man whom she recognized from one day last year when he helped the roofing crew Rollek had hired. He found out Rollek lived alone and came back to rob her.
“I told him, I’ll give you the wallet. I’ll give you my purse. I’ll give you everything you want. Now, leave!” she said.
But her purse wasn’t enough. The intruder wanted to bring Rollek with him to the ATM to make her withdraw money.
“He taped me so tight, that my hands were purple,” she said.
Kester brought her into the garage, her hands and face taped up. He tried to force her into the trunk of her own car. Rollek took one look inside and knew she had to get away.
“I kicked him in his private area, real good, three times,” she said.
Rollek has never taken a self-defense class, but she has a black belt in survival. She fought him off as he assaulted her atop her kitchen sink. Then, at just the right moment, her daughter pulled up, honked the horn, and scared Kester away.
A terrifying photo shows what Rollek looked like when her daughter arrived.
“I thought I was going to die. And I don’t want anyone else to go through this,” she said.
That’s why she’s sharing her story – as a cautionary tale to other seniors who live alone. She believes it’s the reason she’s still here.
“I don’t know why I’m living. Really. God must want me. I got a story to tell, so he says, we can leave this kid alone,” Rollek said.
She wants to make sure others lock their doors and be very careful who they let inside.
Kester pleaded guilty to second degree burglary on Wednesday. At the time of his arrest, he was on probation for a 2011 attempted robbery conviction. He faces up to 15 years in prison when he’s sentenced in February.
Rollek says he deserves to get the max.