Victim was awakened by flashlight beam shining in her eyes. It was held by a man about 5 foot 9 inches tall, 170 lbs. He was wearing a tight nylon stocking over his face, which distorted his features. He was also wearing a dark cap on his head. Flashlight was in his left hand and a revolver in his right hand.
She awoke her boyfriend.
“Shut up! Don’t make a move or I’ll kill you! I want your dope. I know you have some and I’ll look until I find it.”
An interesting standoff now happened. Victim’s boyfriend, 21 years old, turned to the assailant. The assailant hadn’t moved from the doorway. The assailant coasted the flashlight beam from the boyfriend’s face and then over to a shotgun leaning against the wall. He played the flashlight beam back and forth, as if to challenge the victim into going for the shotgun. Boyfriend would not do so.
“Roll over!” commanded the assailant. “Get on your stomachs.” The assailant then threw shoelaces onto the foot of the bed.
The events that followed were typical of The EAR. After he tied the victims he placed dishes on the back of the boyfriend. He came and went from the bedroom a number of times. In one instance the phenomenon of “the silent dog” repeated itself. The boyfriend’s seven-month-old pit bull jumped on the bed while assailant was out of the room searching the house. When assailant returned to the bedroom the dog growled only once but would not bark. Assailant picked the dog
up and put it in another room.
After assailant led the 17-year-old victim to the living room, he raped her twice. He had put a knife to her throat and threatened to slit it if she didn’t do what he said.
Several times the assailant placed his revolver against the victim’s and boyfriend’s head, cocked it, and threatened to kill them.
Investigation uncovered that the couple had had a violent argument earlier in the evening and the boyfriend had as a result driven the victim back to her apartment. However, they made up and she returned.
Investigation also uncovered something quite unnerving. The shotgun was found to have been unloaded and the shells neatly lined up under the bed. Sometime during the part of the night when the boyfriend and victim were at her apartment the assailant must have entered the home and unloaded the shotgun. It is possible then that the East Area Rapist was baiting the boyfriend to go for the gun so he could finally kill somebody.
This is the first time that the victim was Hispanic. The boyfriend is listed as a “biker type.” No. 17 was part Hispanic.
Victim estimated the assailant’s age to be between 21 and 35. He was about 5 foot 9 inches tall and weighed about 170 pounds. He wore a nylon stocking and a dark knit cap.
This area of Tuolomne and La Riviera is in between the other La Riviera strikes and the Rancho Cordova strikes, but it is much closer to the La Riviera area of Watt Avenue. There is a school nearby and a minor park. However, this park is of no significant in stalking the neighborhood. It does, however, act in concert with a significant tactical ally The EAR would use again. It connects with a pedestrian over-crossing. This over-crossing spans Highway 50 and allows one to park in an entirely different part of town and merely cross it to the Salmon Falls area where the school and eventually the duplexes are at Salmon Falls and La Riviera. Another advantage is a large apartment complex, which allowed EAR to park with the many other cars and go unnoticed.
The precise location of the duplex within the Salmon Falls/Tuolomne area is disputed. Two general locations are listed on the map below.