The couple was awakened by a tapping sound. In the doorway to their master bedroom there stood a silhouette of a figure behind the splatter of a flashlight beam. He was tapping on their door frame.
“Wake up, motherfuckers. Get on your stomachs and put your hands behind your backs. I’ve got a .357 magnum and if you flinch, I’ll blow your fucking brains out.”
“Tie him up,” the intruder ordered. He threw a shoelace at the victim’s face. “Tie him tight,” he repeated as the victim tied her husband’s wrists.
The assailant then ordered her on her stomach. He tied her wrists and ankles and then tied her husband tighter. He placed the gun muzzle against his head and cocked it.
“Don’t flinch. All I want is money and food to put in my van and then I’ll leave.”
Assailant then left the room.
Victim and husband could hear him rummaging throughout the house, opening drawers in the kitchen, cabinets, rustling about through the other rooms. They did not hear him return. Not until he spoke. “One move and there’s going to be two dead people.” He spoke through clenched teeth in an angry, threatening hiss.
He cut the shoelaces that bound the victim’s ankles. “Get off the bed,” he then ordered, poking her with the knife.
While she stood by waiting, assailant put the gun to her husband’s head again. “If you make a move I’m going to blow up your fucking kid.”
The assailant led the victim to the family room. He ordered her on the floor, tied her ankles again and then rummaged through the kitchen. She heard him walk past. He went down the hallway to the master bedroom, where he placed dishes on the back of the
husband. He warned him that if he heard these rattle he would kill him. He then returned to the family room, untied the victim, and raped her. Afterward, he tied her again, so tightly it cut into her skin.
Modesto Police responded at 3:56 a.m. and found the usual scene in the aftermath of the EAR.
Description is largely assumed due to the fact the East Area Rapist kept the flashlight beam in their eyes the whole time. He wore gloves (as always), a dark ski mask, had a gun (no reason to doubt it was a .357 magnum as he said), knife, and dark clothes. At this point he consistently wore a blue wind breaker or something similar, though it was not described distinctly.
The location of this attack is particularly intriguing. It will become more so with time and with 2 more attacks in Modesto. See Pictures below.