October 31st, 2008 07:54 PM
Good: Would-Be-Rapist killed attacking a woman (Merged)
seMissourian.com: Story: Cape Girardeau woman shoots, kills would-be rapist at her home
Cape Girardeau woman shoots, kills would-be rapist at her home
Friday, October 31, 2008
By Bridget DiCosmo
A Cape Girardeau woman shot and fatally wounded Ronnie W. Preyer, 47, a registered sex offender who had broken into her home early this morning with the intention of raping her a second time, Cape Girardeau Prosecuting Attorney Morley Swingle said today.
Swingle said he will not be charging the victim, an older woman who positively identified Preyer this morning as the man who raped her on Saturday.
"It is clear that under Missouri's self-defense law the woman was justified in using deadly force upon the intruder in her home because he was in the process of burglarizing her home when she shot him," Swingle wrote in a letter to police chief Carl Kinnison.
Cape Girardeau police had been keeping a close eye on the woman's home, in the southwest part of Cape Girardeau, since she reported the rape nearly a week ago.
In that instance, she'd heard the glass break in a basement window around midnight on Saturday, and decided to make a run for it through her front door, according to police reports of the incident. When she opened the door, Preyer attacked her.
He punched her in the face and forced her into the bedroom, where he raped her.
She reported the rape that night, and described her rapist.
Police were actively working the unsolved rape case, Swingle said, and had been frequently driving past the woman's home in case her attacker returned.
This morning, the woman called 911 after hearing a car door close near her residence. An officer responded, checked the doors and windows, including the one that had been broken during the first attack.
Her landlord had recently repaired the window for her, Swingle said.
Once the officer determined that no one had entered the home, he left.
About two hours later, the woman was at home watching television, when Preyer broke the same basement window and came in, getting the still-wet calking on his clothing as he did so, police reports said.
He found a main fuse panel in the basement and shut off the electricity. The victim immediately tried to call 911, but the phone would not work because there was no electric.
Having recently purchased a shotgun, she grabbed the weapon and when Preyer began banging on the basement door, she was ready for him. When he crashed through the basement door into her kitchen, she shot him once in the chest and ran, heading for a neighbor's house, where she called the police.
It only took officers 45 seconds to respond to the 911 call, Swingle said.
When they arrived, they saw Preyer stumbling away from the home, and an officer ordered him to stop. When he didn't, a female officer drew her own weapon and they forced him to the ground.
He was transported to Saint Francis Medical Center where he died several hours later.
Early Friday morning, the victim identified Preyer out of a photo line-up as both the man who raped her on Saturday and the man who broke into her house today.
Preyer's criminal history is speckled with home invasions and assaults, and he has been convicted of failing to inform the county of his change of address in compliance with registered sex offender laws. Swingle was getting ready to charge him with rape, attempted rape, burglary and attempted burglary this morning, armed with the positive eyewitness identification, when he learned around 9:30 a.m. that Preyer was dead.
Preyer was convicted in 1989 of raping and robbing a woman in New Madrid County and he served 15 years in prison on both charges.
He was also arrested last December and charged with attempted rape and second degree felony assault, but Swingle's office dismissed the charges because he did not think he could get a conviction, he said.
The victim in that case, a woman in her early 30s, allegedly went for a drive with Preyer, knowing of his sex offender status, and he attacked her while in the car.
After talking with the victim in that case, Swingle decided to dismiss the charges because the woman did not use a nearby phone to call for help, and because she went with Preyer because she was "bored," even though he was a sex offender, he said.
"We know in at least one case, he did a good job of picking his victim, this time, he didn't do such a good job," Swingle said.
October 31st, 2008 08:12 PM
Good aim. Good deterrent. She deterred him from raping her or anyone else ever again.
October 31st, 2008 08:18 PM
"Better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it."
October 31st, 2008 08:26 PM
Even as the cops were"only 45 seconds" away that still wasn't good enough.
It never is nor will be.
Oh, and this story relates a good safety item.
Always keep a _hard line_ phone in your home on each level as wireless/portable phones require household electricity to function.
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October 31st, 2008 08:37 PM
Too bad she had to be attacked the first time before she learned that she is responsible for her own defense. Luckily, she DID learn and responded appropriately. Good for her.
October 31st, 2008 09:21 PM
That worked out well the 2nd time. She undoubtedly saved a number of women similar or worse fates, and I hope she gets some closure and healing from the ordeal, not more trauma. Now, everyone send her a thank you card on behalf of your daughters, wives, and mothers.
October 31st, 2008 09:25 PM
Thank God he's now a Ted Nugent favorite, a 'dead offender'...the best kind of offender.
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October 31st, 2008 09:35 PM
You forgot to say, "Am I weird"?
Originally Posted by retsupt99
October 31st, 2008 09:41 PM
Story from a St. Louis paper gives a few more details:
STLtoday - Cops: Cape Girardeau woman kills man who returned to rape her second time
Good thing she was awake. Otherwise she might not have heard the glass breaking. Owning a dog would have alerted her even if she had been asleep.
Cops: Cape Girardeau woman kills man who returned to rape her second time
Photo from Cape Girardeau County Sheriff's Department. (=)By Heather Ratcliffe
ST. LOUIS POST-DISPATCH
An intended rape victim shot and killed her attacker this morning in Cape Girardeau when he broke into her home to rape her a second time, police said.
The 57-year-old woman shot Ronnie W. Preyer, 47, a registered sex offender, in the chest with a shotgun when he broke through her locked basement door.
The woman told police he was the same man who raped her several days earlier. Officials do not intend to seek charges against her.
In the first incident, the woman heard glass breaking in her basement about midnight on Saturday. She went to leave the house, and the man attacked when she opened the front door. He punched her in the face and then forced her into a bedroom, where he raped her, said H. Morley Swingle, prosecuting attorney in Cape Girardeau County.
The victim reported the crime to police, and her landlord repaired the broken window.
She was home alone again Friday about 2:15 a.m.
when Preyer broke the same basement window. The victim was awake watching television
, when Preyer switched off the electricity to her house.
She tried to call 911, but couldn't because the power was off. She got a shotgun and waited as the man began banging on the basement door. She fired when Preyer came crashing through the door. When Preyer collapsed, the woman escaped and went to a neighbor's home, where she called police. Officers, who arrived within a minute, found a bleeding Preyer stumbling away from the house. He was taken to St. Francis Medical Center, where he died several hours later.
Swingle said the victim identified Preyer as the attacker in both incidents. Preyer, of Jackson, Mo., had wet caulking from the recently repaired basement window on his clothing when he was shot.
"I will not be filing any sort of charge against this 57-year-old woman, who was clearly justified under the law in shooting this intruder in her home," Swingle said.
Agreed, too bad she had to go through the ordeal earlier before she learned to take care of herself.
Also agreed the police arriving in 45 seconds wasn't enough. It especially wouldn't have been enough if the rapist had surprised her in bed asleep.
Agreed she saved other women from being raped, given the perp's history.
Good for her.
October 31st, 2008 09:45 PM
First of all I wan't to say that she did an outstanding job of holding here own and going for the gun. that takes a lot of guts. second, this perfect example how our detention operations in the United States DOESN'T work!!!!! he spent 15 years in a prison and didn't learn anything!!!! we need to have harsher punishments for these kinds of...freaks...sickos....failures of man kind!!! if people think that the death penalty is too harsh, fine, lets throw all of them on one of the many islands we own in the pacific and leave them there!!!! I'm tired of these type of sickos having the oportunity to rape twice!!!!
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October 31st, 2008 09:49 PM
Great post, thank you very much for sharing this story. Tell you Grandma, sister, wife and other loved ones this story
October 31st, 2008 10:19 PM
Great outcome,I'm wondering if she used birdshot,I don't think he would of stumbled anywhere with a load of 00 buck at point blank range
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October 31st, 2008 10:30 PM
my favorite kind of sex offender: the dead kind.
October 31st, 2008 10:43 PM
First off, prayers for her suffering through what she did.
Second off, BRAVO ZULU for taking him out of her misery!
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October 31st, 2008 10:53 PM
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