Around 11 p.m. 19 year old victim pulled into her house’s driveway. Her father and brother were not home but soon to arrive. This was their typical schedule. She had a small dog in the back seat. She opened her car door and held the door open with her foot. She twisted around to get her dog. At this moment a gloved hand clutches her head and violently yanks her out of the car. She resisted until the assailant placed the point of a knife at her throat, drawing blood. He hissed through clenched teeth:
“Stop fighting. I only want your car. I won’t hurt you.”
She noticed he was wearing a light gray woolen ski mask, which only had holes for the eyes.
She went quiescent.
“Get out!” he ordered.
He closed her car door and walked her in front of him to the side of her house.
He ordered again: “Turn around.”
She pled, but he snapped: “Shut up!”
A moment later he commanded: “Don’t look at me.”
He tied her wrists tightly. “Do you have any money? All I want is money and your car keys. I’m not going to hurt you.”
“I’ve just got a dollar in my wallet”
She heard him rummage in her purse.
“Please don’t hurt my dog. Let her go.”
“Shut up! I’m not going to hurt your dog.”
He led her back to the driveway, holding her crossed arms tightly behind her back. They crossed into the neighbor’s yard and up to their side gate. The gate was already opened. He pushed her through.
He forced her down. She saw 3 strips of pre-cut towel laying on the ground. He tied her with white cord, then used one of the pieces of towel as her blindfold and shoved the other in her mouth.
She made some frightened sounds.
“Shut up!” He jabbed the knife at her ribs.
He now tied the other strip of cloth as the gag.
She could feel him standing over her, remaining silent. She didn’t know what to expect. Then she heard her car keys jangling.
“I’m going to leave for 5 minutes. If you move, I’ll slit your throat and cut your guts out. If you move, blam, blam, blam,” he added, imitating gun fire.
A while later she heard her car start. Finally, she freed herself.
Investigation uncovered contradictory evidence. The victim could not have been the intended target. Her father and brother usually arrived home near this same time. Moreover, the assailant’s strips of towels were neatly laid out in a neighbor’s yard. The yard belonged to a couple who were senior citizens. They obviously weren’t the intended target. Her car was found on El Segundo Drive, which is quite near where the 1st and 3rd victims lived. The dog was locked in the trunk.
The victim described the mask as woolen, the first time that detail was given. It was light gray. At one point she stumbled, noticing the assailant’s shoes. They were desert shoes.
There is disagreement on location. The first set of pictures below show the Dawes/Malaga intersection location. The second set will show the favored location of Los Palos Drive, on the canal.