Timothy Walding is accused of raping his neighbor in Palm Beach, Florida, breaking in while she was asleep on Friday
An 18-year-old Florida man raped his neighbor at knifepoint and then asked her if he could make it up to her by doing yard work, authorities said.
The woman was awakened Friday by a masked man “hovering over her,” according to a probable cause affidavit.
Timothy Walding “then placed his hand tight over her mouth and told her not to scream while holding a knife to her neck.”
The woman told cops she could only see the suspect’s eyes as he tied both her hands together. Cops say that Walding spoke to the victim after sexually assaulting her, and that there was “a lot of dialogue” between them.
Walding, the palmbeachpost reports, who was wearing a mask, insisted that the woman knew him. After some time, the victim realized Walding was her neighbor.
Fearing for her life, the woman tried to convince the suspect she did not know him. He told her that he “could not imagine leaving two kids without a mother because his mother passed away” when he was 12.
The rapist would later reveal himself to her by taking off his mask, according to cops.
When she asked him how he got into the house, he said, “you really should deadbolt your door because I didn’t really want to do this, but I had to do it,” according to the affadavit.
Walding eventually untied the woman and allowed her to go outside for a cigarette, the report said.
He also told her he was going to serve in the military so “it would not be awkward” living next to each other.
Walding also asked if he could “make this up to her” by doing some yard work by fixing something around her house. She said “no.”
The victim told authorities she continued a dialogue with Walding so that he wouldn’t hurt her. Walding went back to his home after around an hour and a half and the woman went inside her residence and called for help, the report said.
He is facing multiple charges, including three counts of sexual assault.