Intended victim went to bed around 11:30 p.m. Her six-year-old daughter was in bed with her. Husband had left about 11 p.m. to go gambling with his friends. Just before the victim fell asleep she heard a noise at the bedroom door. She thought it must have been the cat. She soon awoke and there was a man shining a flashlight in her eyes. He ordered her up, but she did not do it. Rather she asked: “Why?”
He responded: “Get up and come with me or I’ll hurt your little boy.”
She got up and noticed he had shoelaces in his left hand. Victim did not see any gun or knife.
Intruder ordered her to walk down the hall. When they got in the living room he ordered her to get on her knees. He spoke in an angry, clenched whisper. After she knelt down, assailant tied victim’s hands behind her back very tightly. He ordered her to lie down on her stomach and then slid off her underwear. He stood over her for awhile and said nothing. Then he tied her ankles together tightly. Victim admitted she was sobbing and in response to this the intruder told her to be quiet or he would gag her. She assuaged the intruder by saying that if she was gagged she would not be able to tell her daughter to go back to bed if she got up.
The intruder, though always sounding angry, was also apparently distracted. There was a bunch of kids playing on the street outside making a lot of noise. Victim believed this was making him nervous. She noticed that he kept going to the living room window to look out the drapes. On one occasion he said “You think you’re smarter, but I’m smarter than you are.” Victim considered the intruder to be very angry when he said that. The exact meaning is unknown
According to victim, the intruder stood over her a number of times after coming back from the window. However, he never assaulted her. He wandered throughout the house and left quietly. The victim was not sure when he actually left the house.
However, victim soon heard a van start on the side of the house and drive away. Victim asserted she could tell it was a van. She then struggled, got to the phone, knocked the receiver off the cradle, and called her neighbor.
Investigators found that the only door that was unlocked was the sliding glass door to the patio. Victim was certain it had been locked. Nevertheless, she admitted that a spare key to the front door had been under the mat. It had disappeared a couple of weeks before. She felt that her young son had misplaced it. The past three weeks the victim had been receiving hang-up calls every day after 2 p.m. The caller would always hang up. She thought it was girls calling for her son. However, this happened even with her son answer the phone twice.
On October 27 the home had been burglarized. Only two photographs of the victim had been stolen from an album. These were photographs of her taken 6 years before. During this time the burglar had turned off the thermostat.
Canvas of the neighborhood revealed the typical EAR pre-attack stalking and prowling had been occurring. On the prior Thursday night 2 women who live near the victim said that someone had turned off their electricity. In the previous May, the same two
women had lived on Brett Avenue nearby. After the East Area Rapist reports hit the news that month, the month in which Sacramento went into panic, one of them received an harassing phone call. The caller whispered 3 times “You are next.”
Another neighbor saw a male about 25 years old walking from the Woodridge School area. The subject stopped and watched her while she worked in her yard for awhile. She was frightened and went into her house.
Investigators talked to the kids who were playing outside that night, but they had not heard or seen anything.
Canvas of the neighborhood also revealed an unexplained beige station wagon had been parked along Revelstok. On one occasion it was parked between the victim’s house and the neighbor’s house. The neighbor went and looked at the plate but could not remember it when asked by sheriffs. At midnight the night of the attack, a 16 year old neighbor down the street saw the station wagon parked across from his house. He noticed it because it was not covered in mist like the other cars that had been parked there for hours. He had never seen it before.
Victim could not describe the intruder clearly beyond saying that he wore dark clothing and that it did not seem to be very heavy clothes— just a light jacket or windbreaker. He was also wearing gloves.
Intruder use black shoelaces to tie her up. She was tied so tightly that the neighbor had to cut the shoelaces with scissors.
Intruder did not cut the phone line.
The geography of the attack shows that EAR was not that familiar with the area of Foothill Farms. Rather he had stuck to prowling Diablo Drive, off where he had struck No 25. In essence, he had struck at the two opposite ends of Diablo Drive.