South Florida woman says neighbor raped her, then talked to her about life

Timothy Walding, 18, offered to do yard work to make it up to her, deputies say

By Peter Burke - Local10.com Managing Editor

BOYNTON BEACH, Fla. - A South Florida woman told deputies that she woke up early Friday to find a masked man armed with a knife leaning over her bed. She said the man raped her and then spent the rest of the time before he left talking to her, revealing himself to be her neighbor.

Timothy Walding, 18, of Boynton Beach, was arrested on charges of armed sexual battery and false imprisonment.

According to a Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office arrest report, the woman was sleeping in her master bedroom upstairs when she was awakened by a masked man hovering over her. She said the man tied her hands together, undressed her, put on a condom and raped her.

After about 10 minutes, the intruder then forced the woman onto her knees and made her perform oral sex on him, she told deputies.

The woman was crying and pleaded with the intruder not to kill her, so he assured her that he wasn't going to kill her and then put the knife in a holster on the side of his pants, the report said.

After the ordeal, the intruder spent the rest of the time before he left talking to her, taking the time to put her underwear and shorts back on her, she told deputies.

"(The intruder) kept telling her that she knew him," the report said.

She said her attacker "continued talking to her about his life" and said he couldn't imagine leaving two children without a mother. She said he told her how his mother died when he was 12, and the more he spoke, the more she realized that he was "very young."

Finally, she asked the man if he was Walding, who lives on the same street as her, so he took off his mask and revealed his identity, the report said.

The woman asked Walding how he got inside her house, and he told her that he came in through the front door.

"You really should deadbolt your door because I didn't really want to do this, but I had to do it," Walding said, according to the report.

Walding then pulled a fish hook out of his pocket and said he used it to pick the door lock, the report said.

"The suspect told her that he stood outside of her front door for 10 minutes contemplating whether he should do this or not," the report said.

When asked why he decided to do it, Walding answered, "Obviously, it wasn't a spontaneous thing and I had this plan," the report said.

The woman was able to talk Walding into untying her hands and letting her onto the back patio so she could smoke a cigarette, the report said.

While they were outside, Walding said he couldn't go back home because he didn't know what to do and then asked her "if he could make this up to her by doing some yard work or by fixing something around her house," the woman told deputies.

She said no, and Walding then asked her if they could shake hands so that he would know that she wasn't going to say anything to anyone about what happened, the report said. She agreed and they shook hands, she told deputies.

The woman watched Walding walk back to his house, then locked the doors and called 911, she said.

Deputies went to Walding's home and arrested him. He was being held without bond Thursday morning at the main Palm Beach County jail.

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