Sacramento, CA – Prosecutors in Sacramento filed 28 new charges against NorCal Rapist suspect Roy Charles Waller Monday, including a horrific 1996 Halloween attack against a Martinez woman.
In a brief hearing before Sacramento Superior Court Judge Gary Ransom, Waller appeared only long enough for prosecutors to announce the new filing and for Ransom to deny a defense request to bar media from covering hearings in the case.
Waller was ordered to return to court for the next hearing March 8.
Waller, whose 59th birthday is Tuesday, is accused of being the notorious NorCal Rapist, a man who authorities say targeted victims in various northern California communities from 1991 through 2006.
The suspect is accused of at least 11 sexual assaults during that time period, and originally faced a dozen felony counts related to an October 2006 attack in North Natomas, during which two female roommates were tied up and assaulted repeatedly during a six-hour ordeal.
The NorCal Rapist attacks are believed to have occurred in Sacramento and five other counties — Sonoma, Solano, Contra Costa, Yolo and Butte — and the new charges filed Monday cover attacks in the other counties.
The new charges include nine counts encompassing a brutal attack against a Martinez woman in 1996. Prosecutors allege Waller raped the woman four separate times during the attack in which he dressed in a skeleton mask to pretend to be a trick-or-treater.
Waller is also charged with digitally penetrating the woman, one count of oral copulation and kidnapping her with the intent of robbery, according to court records. The charges include enhancements, including the use of a firearm and binding the victim.
The night of the attack, the victim was resting on her couch Halloween night when she heard the doorbell and she answered, thinking it was a late-arriving kid looking for candy.
The suspect tackled her, handcuffed her and carried her upstairs where he repeatedly raped her for hours. Investigators said Waller was very evidence conscious, cleaning and destroying various items. Police believe he phoned the victim at her dental office about two weeks after the attack and apologized.
It was matching DNA evidence from the Martinez rape and a Vallejo and Chico assault that led investigators to believe they were dealing with a serial rapist.
The new charges stem from DNA evidence and signal that prosecutors in all six counties plan to consolidate the case for trial in Sacramento.
Prosecutors are continuing to evaluate other possible charges in addition to the 28 counts filed Monday, Sacramento County Deputy District Attorney Chris Ore said following the hearing. Copies of the new criminal complaint were not immediately available Monday morning.
Waller, who faces up to life in prison if convicted, is being held without bail in the Sacramento County Jail.
Waller was a safety specialist at UC Berkeley who was arrested on campus in September after officials at the Sacramento County District Attorney’s crime lab tied DNA samples from the attacks to Waller.
District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert has said Waller was targeted using the same technique that led authorities to arrest the Golden State Killer/East Area Rapist suspect, Joseph James DeAngelo, in April in Citrus Heights.
In both cases, authorities entered DNA from the attacks into the GEDmatch genealogy website and found close matches, then built family trees from the matches to lead them to their suspects.
Court records say police kept Waller under surveillance at his Benicia home and recovered a drinking straw from his garbage that produced DNA matching that found at the NorCal Rapist crime scenes.
I just love technology. People can’t get away with the shit they used to. And let me tell you, THEY ARE ALWAYS WATCHING. Goodness. They had him under surveillance the entire time. My goodness. That was fantastic work.
But I’ll also question why he was free anyway. He totally should have been locked away after all the sex crimes he’d committed.