Victim was a friend of the homeowner. This was her first visit to his house. She had only known him 6 months. Relationship was platonic. She had come to visit that night because she wanted to discuss a business matter. She arrived around 10:30 p.m. She brought her two small dogs along.
Victim had a very uneasy sense the whole evening. She had let her dogs out into the backyard and they had barked repeatedly and acted as if someone was in the shadows further out. Dogs did not go far from the backdoor. Victim had a sense, off and on, the whole time that they were being watched.
They discussed her matter, and watched TV together.
At 12:15 a.m. she departed. Homeowner/friend walked her out the front door. Driveway is immediately right of the front door. Dogs rushed ahead and turned right. Their hair stood up. They started barking.
Suddenly a man, wearing a ski mask, rushed them, gun in hand.
The events that followed were of the typical pattern The EAR had already laid down. He ordered them back into the home. If they refused he said he would “blow their brains out.” Inside, in the living room, he ordered them to lie down on their stomachs. He then tossed some shoelaces to victim and ordered her to tie up the man (homeowner). He repeatedly threatened he would kill her if she did not obey him. While tying the homeowner she also tried to keep her dogs quiet. Assailant was repeatedly threatening to kill them if she didn’t. After this, he ordered victim to take her dogs to the bedroom. He followed. They then returned. He ordered her on her stomach and bound her wrists tightly. He then left, went to the kitchen, got dishes and placed them on their backs. He had instilled such fear in the victim that he would kill her if she even looked at him that she kept her eyes tightly shut to the extent that she couldn’t tell if he had turned the lights off or not.
Assailant went through his routine. He said he wanted their money and then he would leave. The man (homeowner) said he would oblige anything he wanted, but the assailant only put a knife to his neck and growled at him to “Shut up!”
Assailant picked up victim by the arm and took her back to the bedroom. He put a knife to her throat and told her not to move. Trembling, she kept her eyes pinched shut. She felt him unbutton her blouse and then cut her brassier with his knife. Now he blindfolded her. As in other cases, she heard him lubricating himself with lotion.
He raped her. He ransacked about the house. He raped her three times. He also orally sodomized her.
“You better swear to God you didn’t see a van down the street.” He repeated his 3 times and made her repeat it.
“I swear,” she sobbed.
He threatened her that she was not to make a sound while he was eating and drinking or he would kill her. She then heard him go to the kitchen. He started rummaging. He opened and closed the refrigerator.
The house was soon silent.
Upon arrival, investigators noted the telltale marks of The EAR— dishes on the floor in the dining room. Kitchen drawers were left open. The phone cord had been cut. Black, blue, and white shoelaces cut and scattered about. All had been used by the assailant to tie the victims.
None, however, belonged to the household.
Examination of the victim’s clothes uncovered 2 semen stains. Laboratory analysis discovered a very interesting clue. The test confirmed that the attacker was a non-secretor— a phenomenon which limited The EAR to 20% of the population.
A simple explanation of this would be to state that antigens of the ABO blood type groups are found in other bodily substances, such as saliva, bone, teeth, semen, etc. Testing such substances left at a crime scene, such as in this case semen or saliva, will tell investigators what blood type the perpetrator has. About 80% of the population secretes these antigens. However, about 20% do not. These 20% are called the non-secretors. The EAR was a non-secretor.
Relationship between the victim and homeowner was purely platonic. She had known him only six months. This was her first visit to the house. During the time she spent with him, she discussed a job interview. They watched a variety of television shows including a basketball game.
(Miscellaneous): Victim had an uneasy sense while driving to her friend’s house. To some extent it could be considered a premonition. In addition, there was the behavior of her dogs. Although let out into the backyard, they wouldn’t proceed far into it. They also wouldn’t stop barking. She had a feeling that someone was out in the backyard somewhere. After they returned inside the family room, victim still felt as if they were being watched.
Victim described the assailant has 5'8" tall. He was skinny to medium build. His ski mask was beige, knitted. It had holes for the eyes, nose and mouth. He wore light brown leather driving gloves with tiny air holes. His jacket was a dark blue navy. He wore a brown pullover sweater underneath.
He spoke in an angry whisper with teeth clenched. Victim believed this was also done in order to disguise the assailant’s voice. Assailant’s penis was about 5 inches long but no thicker in circumference than a quarter. He acted very frustrated, and couldn’t maintain arousal.
This area of Orangevale is in the same general area as the previous Orangevale attack (16), but much closer to the main thoroughfares of Madison and Main.