Victim (16) was home alone, sitting on the couch and watching TV in the family room. Her pet poodle was sitting on her lap. She heard a loud bang from somewhere in the house. Her dog started shaking and barking. Assailant leapt into the room from the living room. Assailant was wearing a leather hood with a slit for the eyes. He held a large knife in gloved hands. Victim screamed. He leapt at her and put the knife to the victim’s throat. He snarled through clenched teeth, telling her to shut up or he’d kill her. He also told her to shut her dog up or he’d kill it.
After he ordered her to “Get up” and turn around, he tied her wrists behind her with black shoelaces. He then pushed her out the back door onto the backyard patio. Curiously, she saw black shoelaces hanging from the handlebar of her bicycle. He put her down on the patio and then grabbed the laces and tied her ankles.
“Don’t move or you’ll be dead and I’ll be gone in the night.”
He returned to the house. She saw him put the screen back on the living room window through which he must have entered.
He returned and knelt by her and looked at her. Then he asked where her money was. When she replied she had none, he asked where her parents’ money was. She said they took it with them.
“Damn, no money,” he replied. “Ah, man, no money!”
He went back inside the house again. He returned and asked her if she liked sex. She did not respond.
“Do you have a boyfriend?” he asked.
He asked if they had had sex. She did not respond. He untied her ankles and pushed her before him to the canal behind their house. Dogs started barking in the neighborhood.
She pleaded that he let her go.
He told her if she wasn’t silent she’d be silent forever and he’d be gone in the night.
After arriving at the canal, he ordered to her down. Curiously, he tied her ankles. He walked a short distant, came back and untied them. Then he left, returned and tied them again. He then returned and cut the laces binding her wrists, but held her arms tight and then retied her wrists. He cut her jeans off with his knife. Then he stopped.
“This isn’t working right,” he mumbled. He pushed his face up to hers and stared at her through the slits in his mask.
“I know you, don’t I?”
She said no. He replied: “Do you go to American River College?” She said no. She said she went to San Juan High School. He stuck the knife to her neck, declared angrily she was lying and then demanded her name. She gave a fictitious name. He said nothing. He stood up. He then said “I have to wait for my parents to leave so I can go home.”
He said nothing for a while until: “I’m going to take off in my car.” He then bent over and pulled up his socks.
Then he said: “Within the next twenty minutes make one move and you’ll be silent forever
and I’ll be off in the dark.”
Assailant quietly padded away.
Victim waited a bit and then was able to get free.
Although the victim thought that the assailant was possibly playing a game the way he spoke, laying false clues with his statements, investigation uncovered that the neighbor’s daughter was a female similar in appearance to victim. She went to American River College. It appears therefore that the neighbor’s daughter was the intended victim. It was thought possible that EAR got confused and did not like a situation where things were not as he had planned. Feeling a lack of control he thus abandoned his attack, fortunately not raping the 16 year old victim.
It must be noted that when leading her to the canal, dogs began to bark for a while. This may have upset him as well.
Victim was able to describe the assailant rather clearly since she was never blindfolded. He wore black square toe shoes; army fatigue pants; a gray sweater (the mask’s bottom was covered by the sweater collar). Interestingly, the hood had a slit for his mouth. Investigators suggested a welder’s hood. However, here I have opted to portray a biker’s customized leather balaclava. There is no statement that the hood seemed adjusted by the attacker with the addition of a self cut mouth slit. He wore black gloves. He had BO or bad breath. When he pulled up his socks, victim noticed that his ankles were quite pale, the hairs brown.
This area of Citrus Heights was not far from Attack #5. It was on the opposite side of Dewey Drive, the entrance to Greenleaf in sight of Woodpark Way. As before, EAR used a manmade canal tactically. This particular canal gave him much cover. It not only wended its way behind homes, it also cut through a natural park and from there led to an entirely different part of Citrus Heights. It was thus safe stalking ground.