12:37 AM EDT 07/07/2014
Originally posted 08/28/2009 05:05PM
They called him Creepy Phil.
Long before he became the prime suspect in the kidnapping of Jaycee Dugard, 29 – allegedly kept captive in a backyard shed for 18 years after being snatched from the street near her family's home near Lake Tahoe – Phillip Garrido had a reputation for setting his neighbors in Antioch, Calif., on edge.
For starters, it was widely known that Garrido, 58, had been convicted of sexual assault. Says Justin Haines, 20, who has lived across the street from Garrrido for most of his life, “I never saw any girls with him, but me and my friends looked him up on the Internet and found out he was listed under Megan's Law as a sex offender.”
Originally posted 08/28/2009 03:00PM
Elizabeth Smart knows what Jaycee Dugard – the 29-year-old woman who surfaced after being abducted 18 years ago by a sex offender – is going through.
"I would tell her to just relax and enjoy your family and spend some time reconnecting," Smart, 21, told Anderson Cooper on AC 360 Thursday.
Originally posted 08/27/2009 09:20PM
Jaycee Lee Dugard, 29, was reunited with her family Thursday morning – 18 years after a sex offender abducted her as she walked to her school bus stop in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.
Her abductor enslaved her in a cluster of sheds in a "hidden backyard within a backyard," raped her and had two children with her before he was arrested this week, police revealed at a news conference Thursday afternoon.
Officials say abductors Phillip Garrido, 58, and his wife Nancy Garrido, 54, of Antioch, CA, will be arraigned Friday on charges likely to include kidnapping, conspiracy, rape by force, lewd and lascivious acts with a minor and sexual penetration. Officials say Garrido has already admitted to the abduction.
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