Victim’s husband was awakened at 2:30 a.m. A beam of a flashlight was playing off his closed eyes. He also felt a tapping on his foot. He looked up. There was a man standing at the foot of the bed. He was holding a flashlight in his left hand. A gun was in his right.
The figure was mostly in silhouette. He spoke. “I just want food and money. That’s all. I’ll kill you if you don’t do as I say.”
The wife/victim awakened to see an intruder standing at the end of the bed.
“Get on your stomachs!” he growled. He put the muzzle against the husband’s head. “Put your hands behind your back.”
As in other cases, the intruder presented shoelaces and ordered the wife to tie her husband’s wrists. While doing so he repeated “Tighter, tighter!” Then “That’s not tight enough. Tighter!” When she was finally done he ordered her to get on her stomach. He retied the husband’s wrists he then tied the victim’s hands behind her back. Then he tied both of their ankles. As in other cases the ankles on the intended victim were not tied as tightly as the wrists.
“If you look at me I’ll have to kill you.”
Then the assailant started rummaging in the closet, pulling shoelaces from the husband’s shoes. He looked over and saw they were looking. “Keep lying face down! If you look at me I’ll kill you. I’ll blow your fucking heads off!”
Assailant tied the husband’s ankles tightly.
They then heard him rummaging through the dresser drawer in the jewelry boxes. “Where is your wallet?”
“On the bathroom counter,” replied the husband.
Assailant went and got the wallet and then returned. He stuck the muzzle of his gun in the back of the victim. “Where’s your purse?”
She said in the kitchen.
He left the room. When he returned he said: “Is that all the money you have?”
Assailant left the room again. They could here him rummaging in other parts of the house. When he returned he placed dishes on both of their backs. “If I hear these I’ll blow your fucking heads off.” He left and rummaged again. It wasn’t long before he removed the plates from the victim’s back and untied her ankles.
“Stand up!” he growled. “Don’t look at me or I’ll cut your fucking head off.” He put a large knife to the victim’s throat and then pushed her into the hallway. “If you don’t do everything I tell you, I’ll kill you and everyone in the house.”
After they arrived in the living room, he growled: “Lie down.”
Assailant then turned on the television set. Then he put a blanket over the screen to subdue the light. He walked quietly out of the room back down the hallway. He stood by the husband. “If the dishes fall, I’ll kill everyone in the house.” He placed more dishes on his back. “My main man wants gold and silver.” He said the last line as he left the room.
He knelt over the victim in the living room and started cutting at her nightgown and tearing it from her body. “If you don’t give me a good fuck, I’ll kill everyone. I’ll cut off your baby’s ear and bring it to you.”
As in other cases, the victim heard him lubricating himself with Vaseline. Then he straddled her.
He bent and hissed her name in her ear and whispered “I’ve been seeing you for a long time.”
He raped her. In many different ways.
Shortly afterward he went into the corner of the room and started crying. Then she heard him rummage, go in and out from the garage a number of times, and in and out the back patio door more than once. She does not know when he finally left.
Concord Police arrived at the scene around 4:42 a.m. The victims estimated the assailant had been gone about 20 minutes. Both husband and victim were still tied. Investigation proved that $4,000 in jewelry, dishes, utensils, appliances, camera equipment, miscellaneous items, was missing.
Canvas of the neighborhood uncovered that there had been prowling on nearby Minert Road. On one occasion, on October 4, a homeowner heard someone in his yard. Then he heard someone again, later, walking on aluminum panels he had on the ground in the yard. He grabbed a double barrel shotgun. He went to the window and saw the outline of a man. He opened the window and stuck the gun out. He demanded the man answer why he was in his yard.
“I’m looking for a friend,” a man’s voice replied.
The homeowner ordered him out at his yard.
The victims along with their little baby had been out that evening. After they returned the husband noticed that the door to his den was closed which was unusual since he always left it open. He also checked the doors. He noticed that the dead bolt on the front door had been unlocked. His wife said she had not done it.
Investigators checked the outside of the house. They noticed scratch marks on the window screens. They were not pry marks, but scratches back and forth or like a bad signature.
The rapist had attempted to enter the garage but could not do so because of the 2x4 the homeowner used to brace the door.
On October 8, a neighbor of the victims found a security badge in front of his house. It was a 7 point star with the seal of California. It was made by the Hookfast Specialists Company. Investigation proved that it could be purchased from the company or one of its 3000 salesmen. The badge was a model B-617. Some of the air dried enamel on the seal and the points of the star revealed wear, indicating it had once been carried in a wallet. No security company in the Bay Area use that kind of badge.
Neighborhood canvas also revealed that there was a number of open gates and “suspicious males,” barking dogs, hang-up phone calls, preceding the attack.
One such incident occurred to a 29-year-old female who lived alone on Hollis Court. This was quite a distance from Belann Court, yet near another canal. A few nights before the rape on Belann she had heard noises in her backyard and scratching noise on her screen door. She heard these again on the night of the attack. When investigators later checked, after she reported it (after the rape on Belann), they found her sliding screen door had been cut near the lock. One of her windows had had its screen removed. Some screens bore scratches. The marks were identical to those on the victims’ house on Belann Court. Something had prevented EAR from gaining access to the Hollis Court house that night.
The attacker wore gloves. He always spoke between clenched teeth in an angry, hissing whisper.. The gun was a revolver.
The geography of this part of Concord is piquing. It fits and it doesn’t fit with the EAR’s MO.