The wife of ------ owner of ---- Casilada Way called up victim on the evening at April 14, 1978, and asked her short notice if she could baby sit their young daughter that night. They (the parents) were going out for dinner and the other daughters went to their friends’ houses. Victim accepted.
Victim arrived at the home at 9 p.m. She was soon left alone with her little 8-year-old charge, the family’s youngest daughter.
About 9:30 p.m. a series of the neighbors’ dogs began to bark. At 9:30 p.m. victim put the 8-year-old daughter to bed. Victim tucked her in and returned to the family room, which was the former garage now converted into a family room. She started watching the movie The Two Five.
Suddenly 2 huge bangs hit the side door to the backyard (the former garage side door). Victim turn to the door. In an instant, the door crashed in. A masked man lunged toward her, a gun was in his gloved right hand. He wore a blue plaid flannel shirt and dark blue windbreaker.
“Don’t move or I’ll kill you! Don’t talk or say anything.” He spoke angrily through clenched teeth. “Lie on the floor on your stomach and put your hands behind your back.”
Assailant now threw a baby blanket on her head. The victim told him that the family’s little girl was in another room sleeping and with dogs barking she might awake. She asked if she could get the dog.
The intruder said “No” and instead held her arms and tied her wrists tightly. “Don’t move or I’ll stab you with my ice pick.”
Victim asked intruder what he was doing, what he wanted, and if he was going to hurt her.
“I’m not going to hurt you,” the assailant replied. “I’m just going to take money and I’ll leave. Just don’t talk or move.”
Assailant then left the room and went into the adjoining dining nook and kitchen. She could hear him rummage, open and close drawers and cabinets. He then returned and lifted her off the floor. He tied a blanket around her head. Now blindfolded, she was led to another room. There he ordered her to lay on her stomach and he retied her feet. He left again and began to rummage about the house. She heard him rummaging about in the change in her purse. He returned next to her. He squatted down and said “Don’t move. Be quiet.” He put the gun barrel to her head. He now turned her over onto her back. He untied her ankles and unzipped her pants.
“What are you doing?” she cried.
“Be quiet or I’ll kill you.”
Assailant pulled her pants and underwear off. Then he lifted her blouse. “Keep quiet.” He pushed her legs apart. “Relax or I’ll kill you,” he growled. “I’ve wanted to raped you for a long time ---- [name].”
He started to raped her when the phone rang . . .and continued to ring. This upset him and he got up and left after the phone stopped ringing. He returned. She felt lotion being rubbed on her. He removed her socks slowly.
“Relax, don’t scream or yell or I’ll kill you.”
The phone rang again. Frustrated, he picked her up to her feet and pushed her to the phone. Then, standing over her, he ordered her to say hello. He picked up the receiver and placed it to her mouth. She mumbled “hello” and then he hung up the phone.
He now ordered that she “touch it” and placed his penis in her hands. The phone rang again. Angry, he walked her outside on the patio and again he attempted to rape her.
Then a car’s headlights swept up in front of the house. Victim did not hear the assailant leave, but she could hear her father calling out front. She called back.
Because it was obvious that EAR was in the immediate vicinity, a K-9 unit was dispatched and so was a helicopter.
Despite the rape, the 15 year old victim remained a virgin. The EAR was not fully aroused and too small.
Investigation uncovered a valuable clue. At 10:15 p.m., a lady fishing on the Sacramento River (along with her husband and nephew) at Minnow Hole was walking on the levee returning to her car. She was startled by a white male approximately 25 years old, 5 foot 8 inches tall, medium build, mustache and brown hair. He was running along the levee and asked her: “Did you catch any fish?” She replied” No, I didn’t get any.” Strangely, this jogger replied: “Oh my wife is going to be mad” as he continued to run off to the
apartments on Riverside Boulevard. According to witness, the man did not appear to be a jogger. He was out-of-breath and was not dressed properly to be a jogger.
Investigation uncovered that the 14-year-old daughter of the Casilada Way homeowner had heard something while watching TV on April 11, 1978. The girl alerted her mother, who looked outside and saw a man standing on the patio.
Several blocks away on Rio Lane, on April 13, 1978, at 11 p.m., a homeowner heard something at their side window. It was a scratching noise. It started their dog barking. A couple of side gates had also been found left open along Rio Lane over the last 2 weeks.
Assailant wore gloves, blue plaid flannel shirt, and dark blue windbreaker. Face was covered with a dark mask; however the victim did not recall what type of mask specifically— i.e. eye holes, mouth hole, etc.
The geography of Little Pocket, as it is known, fits the East Area Rapist’s pattern perfectly. It is a very closed-in community with only a few distantly placed main roads in and out, and the levee and Sacramento River on 3 sides.