Jason Nathaniel Lewis, a 39 year old landscaper, broke into a Modesto home, threatened a woman with a knife, tied her hands behind her back and raped her. Afterward he made the woman shower and douche to remove any evidence. As he was leaving, he threatened her life if she told police, and stole the bottom sheet from her bed in order to hide any other evidence of the assault that may have been there.
The woman, too afraid to call police only confided in a friend about the attack after neighbors grew concerned that she'd stop taking her daily walk. To calm her fears, they contacted police for her, and removed a few planks from her back fence in order to sneak the officers into the home without anyone seeing. Just the extent that was taken to reassure this woman that she would be safe is a telltale sign of how emotionally crippled she was by the attack.
Did I mention that the woman Lewis brutally raped and scared was just 81 years old? Likely unable to even defend herself against a man half her age- any yet he still terrorized her in this manner?
Deputy District Attorney Annette Rees said she suspects Lewis picked his victim carefully because he did landscaping work in the neighborhood. The prosecutor noted that there was little reason to use so much force on a frail woman who was frightened to death.
"She's obviously going to comply and try to stay alive," Rees said last week.
Lewis now faces 74 years in prison.