Yeager
Yeager

It was 4:30 a.m. June 24 when a 7-year-old girl roused her grandmother from sleep and recounted a terrifying kidnapping ordeal.

The girl said she was asleep on a recliner in the living room of her family's mobile home about 4 a.m. when a man reached in an open window, yanked her outside and clapped a hand over her mouth, according to Northern York County Regional Police.

The man forced her into another nearby trailer, all the while telling her to "shut up" or he would kill her mother, grandmother and sibling, police said.

Inside his trailer, the man anally raped the girl while hitting her and screaming at her, according to police.

Afterward, he walked her back to her home and ordered her to climb through the window, again warning her not to tell anyone, police said.

Saw tattoos: But the girl knew to tell her family right away, and she also was able to remember some of her attacker's tattoos, police said. She was taken to York Hospital by ambulance.

Last week, police filed charges against Robert Carl Yeager after receiving word that his DNA matched that of the girl's attacker, Lt. David Lash said.

At the time, Yeager lived in the same small mobile-home park where the girl lived, located outside Thomasville in Paradise Township, police said.

Currently in York County Prison on $40,000 for a criminal trespass case in Hanover, he is scheduled to be arraigned in the rape case on Wednesday, according to the office of District Judge Thomas Reilly.


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The charges: Yeager, 36, will be charged with kidnapping, child rape, aggravated indecent assault, burglary, making terroristic threats, indecent assault and corruption of a minor, according to court documents. His preliminary hearing has been set for May 7, according to Reilly's office.

"It's a very unusual case," Lash said. "It's the type of thing that normally doesn't happen in Paradise Township."

Yeager denied any involvement in the kidnapping and rape, police said.

By that time, detectives had already shown the girl a photo lineup of tattoos on men's arms, and she picked out the photo of Yeager's arm tattoo, police said.

Neighbors had already given investigators reasons to suspect Yeager was the attacker, according to charging documents.

Not seen for days: One neighbor reported seeing Yeager's mother pick him up later that morning, but reported Yeager's mother denied being there, police said.

Nine days after the rape, another neighbor reported that Yeager hadn't returned home since the morning of the attack, police said.

That neighbor told detectives Yeager was "constantly" calling her to ask for updates in the police investigation, documents state, and also said Yeager had given her differing alibis for the time of the attack.

Detective Michael Hine interviewed Yeager Dec. 7 at the Adams County jail, where he was being held. He told Hine he had nothing to do with the attack, and said it had been nearly a year since he'd had sexual intercourse, documents state.

During the interview, Hine collected a sample of Yeager's DNA for analysis.

Ten quintillion: Hine visited Yeager again on March 28, this time in York County Prison, to tell him his DNA matched the girl's attacker and there was only a one in 10 quintillion chance Yeager isn't the rapist.

"He stated he doesn't know what 10 quintillion means," Hine wrote in charging documents. "I explain(ed) it has 18 zeros behind the 10."

Yeager then claimed it was a conspiracy against him and that "nothing adds up," documents state.

"I explain(ed) that everything adds up," Hine wrote. "The time it occurred, the fact that he left (his) residence and never returned, the tattoos, and especially the DNA."

Police filed charges against Yeager on April 2. It is unclear whether he has hired an attorney.

— Reach Liz Evans Scolforo at levans@yorkdispatch.com.