Victim lived with husband and their 2 boys in a townhouse. It must be prefaced here that this townhouse design has the bedrooms on the bottom floor and a kitchen/family room/dinette upstairs.
Victim’s children and husband were asleep downstairs. Victim had gone upstairs around midnight to do exercises. It is then (doing sit-ups) that she heard a thump in the backyard. She likened it to the same sound her boys make when they jump the back fence from the levee behind their townhouse. (The levee parallels the American River.) Victim looked outside the upstairs picture window and noticed nothing.
About 1 a.m. victim retired downstairs to bed. Before doing so she checked all the doors to make sure they were locked.
About 2 a.m. victim awoke for unaccountable reasons. There in the doorway she saw assailant standing, holding a flashlight in left hand.
Victim woke husband.
Assailant calmly warned them he had a “.45 caliber military automatic” and that he’d kill them if they moved. His left gloved hand held the flashlight. He now shined it on his right gloved hand holding the deadly weapon so they could see he meant it. He only wanted money, he told them. He advanced and placed gun to husband’s head and warned him twice he kill him if he moved. He then threw a shoelace to victim and told her to tie her husband’s hands behind his back.
Assailant basically went through the same routine as in previous cases. In this instance, he said he wanted money for cocaine. Husband told him his wallet was on the dresser. Assailant was unsatisfied with the amount. “This can’t be all your money. You better have more money or I’ll kill you both.”
Victim then told assailant that she had more money in her purse upstairs. Assailant then put on what victim believed was an act. He started to shiver like an addict on withdrawal, but he stopped suddenly.
Victim was ordered to come with him to get her purse. He warned victim that if she tried to grab him he would kill her and everybody in the house. He then said he would go to “my camp on the river.”
He retied husband’s wrists tightly and placed a jewelry box on his back, warning him that if he heard a sound he would kill everybody in the house. He then yanked victim off bed and pushed her upstairs at gunpoint.
He put victim on floor by bathroom, tied her feet, got the shower cap and put it over her face. He left and went downstairs for about 5 minutes. He returned, untied her feet and tied her to a table leg. He then wandered the kitchen and family room.
She then heard assailant unzip what sounded like a gym bag. He opened and closed the refrigerator. He told her to sit up. He lubed himself audibly. “Do you know what this sound is?” he demanded. “If you don’t tell me, I’ll kill you.” He called her a “bitch” for not answering right away. He ordered her to “Play with it!” and “Do it like you’re doing it to your husband.”
He raped her.
He said she was big, and that she must like men with big penises.
When he was finished, he retied her and rolled her on her stomach. He placed glass baubles on her back and told her if he heard anything he’d kill her.
He went to husband and started rooting through the closets. He asked husband if he had been in the Service. Husband replied yes and said Air Force. Assailant responded: “I got thrown out.”
Meanwhile, upstairs assailant had been gone sometime. Just as victim started to relax, he was back and placed the gun muzzle to her neck. “You don’t want to die, do you?” She tried to answer but he cut her off. “Shut up!” He got mad when she started to cry and told her to “Shut up!” again. He went to kitchen, where he told her he was going to eat. He then quietly
went back downstairs.
Assailant checked on husband. To husband it sounded like assailant was eating while he wandered about the bedroom. Assailant warned him not to try anything or he’s kill him. At these moments assailant would breathe heavy and sound like he was nervous. Husband believed it was an act.
Later, back upstairs, victim heard her husband shouting for help and a neighbor called the police. They arrived, broke in the front door and found him sitting on his bed all trussed up. Victim was upstairs on her back.
Police discovered both victims had been tied with shoelaces. Victim described assailant’s penis as “small, real short.”
Shoelaces all belonged to the household, so that EAR had been in the house for a while before he awoke the victims. They were removed from shoes in the closet.
Victim had received hang-up phone calls for the last week before the attack. They would occur around midnight after she had gotten home from college. There would be one ring or perhaps just half a ring.
Husband noticed that the assailant wore dark clothes. His mask, he felt, was brown. Interestingly, he noticed that the gloves were thick construction gloves. Gun was a .45 automatic.
Once again, the American Rover comes into play and La Riviera west of Watt Avenue. The condominium complex was along both La Riviera Drive and along the American River levee.