as: Woman attacked in her home)
Baker Sun Staff
December 18, 2000
• The 25-year-old mother calls her
neighbor a hero after he fired shots to scare away the intruder who beat and
threatened to rape her.
A 25-year-old South Kitsap woman was awakened early Sunday morning when an armed
man came into her bedroom and turned on the lights.
In the moments that followed, the intruder
threatened her with rape, death and robbery, then beat her severely.
The suspect escaped as a male neighbor shot
three times over his head.
The woman called her neighbor a hero for his
actions after her screams and the barking of his dogs alerted him to what was
happening next door.
The two live in opposite ends of a duplex on a
long driveway off Locker Road. A second duplex also is situated on the driveway.
The woman said when the lights came on about
2:20 a.m., a man came in wearing a hooded sweatshirt and something over the
lower part of his face.
He told her to take off her shirt, but she
stalled him by asking to go to the bathroom and then for a drink of water,
according to a Kitsap County Sheriff's Office report.
He allowed the first request but not the
second, and told her that if she did not cooperate with being raped, he would
hurt her daughter.
When she tried to phone 911, he punched her in
the face, then cocked the chrome semi-automatic pistol he carried and pointed it
at her head.
He then hit her in the head with the pistol at
least twice, she told sheriff's deputies, and kicked her in the head and stomach
when she fell.
He asked where her money was. She said she
didn't have any, she told deputies, but told him to take her TV and VCR. He then
left and told her to stay in the bedroom for five minutes.
She had screamed loudly when the intruder began
hitting her, she said, drawing the attention of Richard Sample, who lives next
Sample looked out his front door and noticed
that hers was wide open but the residence was dark.
He went back inside and got his .22-caliber
pistol. When he got back to his front door, he saw a man running from his
neighbor's house. He shot three times, he said.
"Not knowing what the laws are regarding
intruders, I fired over his head," Sample said.
The victim said she heard the shots, then a
truck start up. She got up the nerve to leave her room and, the back of her head
and nose bleeding, went to Sample's residence. There she called 911.
The intruder's vehicle apparently was parked at
the other duplex on their driveway. After he disappeared through some brush that
separated the two buildings, the vehicle started up and departed, its tires
Deputies found the woman's phone lines had been
disconnected and evidence that the man had come in through a kitchen window,
even though her front door was open, they said.
She went to Harrison Hospital in Bremerton. She
was back home Sunday, her head partially shaved and stitched in three places.
Scrapes were clearly visible on the side of her face.
County sheriff's detectives have taken over the
case and are hoping to use evidence left at the scene to identify the attacker.
He is described as 6 feet tall with a heavy
build, and was wearing camouflage pants and a hooded gray sweatshirt.
Reach reporter Travis
Baker at (360) 792-9217 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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