A California sheriff says a former police officer accused of being a serial killer and rapist was taken by surprise when deputies swooped in and arrested him as he stepped out of his home.
Sacramento County Sheriff Scott Jones said deputies planned to arrest Joseph DeAngelo when he left his home on Tuesday rather than burst in or knock on the door of the suburban home.
Jones said DeAngelo appeared surprised that he was being arrested in decades-old crimes and appeared to briefly contemplate some sort of plan.
Jones said DeAngelo then told deputies he had a roast in the oven.
Jones said DeAngelo was taken into custody without incident.
DeAngelo who is charged with being the Golden State Killer, who killed a dozen people and raped dozens of women in California decades ago, worked quietly for years in a supermarket warehouse.
Save Mart spokeswoman Victoria Castro says Joseph DeAngelo worked at the distribution center in Roseville near Sacramento for 27 years before retiring last year.
Castro says none of his workplace actions would have led the company to suspect him of a link to the crimes.
Authorities say they suspect he’s the man who terrorized people across the state with killings, rapes and burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s.
So far, he’s been charged with eight murders.