Victim 1, teenage girl, heard a loud, dull crash and jolted awake. She peered out her bedroom window, but saw nothing.
However, she was startled by a male voice over her shoulder. It came from her bedroom door.
“Get all of your money or I’ll kill you.” Intruder spoke with in a hissing whisper through clenched teeth. A flashlight being blinded her. She removed her money from behind a picture on her headboard. From behind the splatter of the flashlight beam she saw a gloved hand reach out and grab her money.
“Go wake up your sister. Don’t make a noise or look at me.” He pointed the gun to the door.
She walked past the intruder, who followed her at gunpoint. She went into her sister’s room (Victim 2). She shook her sister, also a teenager, and told her to wake up. As soon as her sister woke up, the masked intruder spoke: “Don’t look at me. You look at me and I’ll kill you. Get your money!” he ordered. The sister carefully got out of bed and walked to her closet. After she gave him the money, he ordered them to lie on their stomachs on the bed. “Don’t look at me!” he ordered again. “Get on the bed. On your stomachs.”
Assailant tied their hands and legs and then placed the pillow over the eldest’s head.
“If you move I’ll slit your throats and slip away in the fog. What time will your parents be home?”
“Midnight,” the eldest responded.
“Don’t lie or I’ll kill you and when they get home I’ll kill them to.” As if to emphasize his meaning, he then put the knife against the youngest sister’s neck. Then, before he left the room, he also pushed it against the neck of the eldest, but said nothing.
Assailant then rummaged through the house, opening and closing drawers, slamming shut cabinets. They both heard him return and then the bed creaked as he climbed on. He straddled the eldest first. He placed his penis in her tied hands. She could feel it was lubricated. He moved it around, but he was not fully aroused. He then did the same thing with the youngest sister. He then got up and pulled the youngest sister onto the floor. He put a sweater over her face.
He raped her.
She groaned from the pain.
“Shut up!” he ordered.
Assailant left her and went to the eldest sister, removed her underpants and rolled her on her back. He then placed the pillow over her head.
“Spread your legs,” he ordered. “Relax.” He raped her.
When he finished he got off the bed.
“Don’t talk to each other or I’ll kill you.” He left the room and they heard him whimpering in a high-pitched voice like that of a child.
He came back to the room. “Where’s your parents’ money?” he demanded.
“On my parents’ dresser,” responded the eldest.
Assailant left and came back quickly. “It’s not there,” he said. As he left the room, he angrily said: “I don’t want to do this anymore. She’s making me do it.”
Victims’ parents arrived about 15 minutes after the assailant had apparently left. They immediately called the police (at 11:53 p.m.). Investigators arrived at about midnight and found the front door had been kicked in and knocked off its hinges. Questioning the victims
revealed that EAR had not remained in the house very long.
Two small photographs of the youngest sister were missing; so were two small homemade earrings from the eldest’s jewelry box. They were dimes with holes drilled in the top. Nothing else is missing except the small amount of money he took from the girls’ savings.
Victims described the rapist as wearing a dark mask and gloves. He was about 150 lbs., about 5 foot 9 inches tall. After he raped them, he spoke in a whispery type of high-pitched voice. They described his penis as small and not fully aroused.
The location of the home on Winding Way made it ideal for an attacker to break in the door without fear of being heard since there are no near neighbors. Winding Way is also a very busy street. It is very wooded and right across the road is an open area and beyond this there are the sprawling grounds of the American River College.