In one of America’s safest communities, an affiliate owner and his wife found themselves in a desperate fight for their lives. Andréa Maria Cecil reports.
There was no reason to lock the door.
In North Bend, Washington, no one locks the door.
“We haven’t had keys in 10 years,” Tennyson Jacobson said of her childhood home across from a farm at the base of Mount Si.
A picturesque place, North Bend is quintessentially Washington. It sits in the foothills of the Cascade Range roughly 30 miles east of Seattle.
“It’s a pretty quiet community,” said Det. Christina Bartlett of the King County Sheriff’s Department Major Crimes Unit.
In all of 2012, the city of 6,200 people reported one criminal homicide and zero residential robberies, according to the sheriff’s office.
So when a 6-foot, 220-lb. man approached the French doors of Jacobson’s parents’ house in May 2013, her first thought was to greet the visitor at the home’s entrance.
It was the last time she would leave a door unlocked.