Arnold Springer, the landlord of a small apartment complex a block from Venice’s trendy Abbot Kinney Boulevard, was sitting in his bedroom Tuesday night when he began to hear noises. First a rustling sound he thought might be a raccoon, then a high-pitched squeal. Finally, an unmistakable human scream that had him out the door with a flashlight to investigate.
What he saw horrified him.
Peering into the window of his neighbor, a 38-year-old woman who was four months pregnant with twins, he saw a man raping her as she screamed for help.
“I saw him and she was screaming ‘don’t do that,’ ” he recalled Thursday. “He was on top of her. . . . I didn’t see if he had anything in his hands. I only saw his upper torso. I shouted at him. ‘I said stop it. . . . Stop it right now. Stop it, I’m going to call the police.’ ”
Springer pounded his flashlight on the barred window in an attempt to stop the assault before running home to call authorities. The assailant continued his attack, not even looking up at Springer.
A few minutes later, LAPD officers arrived and found Eun Kang stabbed to death, and the alleged attacker, a 22-year-old man, standing in her apartment.