Residents Fight Release of "Pillowcase Rapist" in Their Neighborhood

City officials are considering opening a day care in the area so sex offender laws could keep the man out

By Christina Cocca and Gadi Schwartz
|  Wednesday, Oct 30, 2013  |  Updated 12:01 AM PDT
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Angry over the possibility of living near the

Angry over the possibility of living near the "Pillowcase Rapist" -- who admitted to raping more than three dozen women, residents of Lake Los Angeles banned together Tuesday night to find loopholes in the law that could keep him from moving in. Thousands have signed petitions against the man possible move upon his pending release from prison. Gadi Schwartz reports for the NBC4 News at 11 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 29, 2013.

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Outraged that the serial "Pillowcase Rapist" could be allowed to live in their neighborhood, fearful Lake Los Angeles residents cried for a change Tuesday that would keep the man out of reach.

Chrisopher Hubbart, 62, admitted to raping at least 38 women in California between 1971 and 1982. A Santa Clara judge said Oct. 25 that Hubbart could potentially live in the Antelope Valley community when he’s released from prison as early as December.

During Tuesday's heated community meeting, one angry Lake LA resident suggested Hubbart live next door to the judge who signed off on his release -- a suggestion the crowd applauded.

Assemblyman Steve Fox announced plans to look for legal loopholes that could keep Hubbart out of the community. Other upset residents defend that their neighborhood is full of women who live alone and fit the profile of victims Hubbart targeted.

One move being considered is opening up a day care in the area so Hubbart would be prevented under sex offender laws from living nearby.

Between 1972 and 1999, Hubbart was arrested and released several times. Now, officials have deemed him safe and made him eligible for release.

He's being let go on a conditional release, which could come as early as December, and will have to wear a GPS monitoring device. If he had committed the crimes in 1994, the state's Three Strikes Law would have kept him behind bars for life.

The day of the judge’s decision, residents created a Facebook page to "keep Christopher Hubbart out of Lake Los Angeles."

On the page, residents share petitions and plan public demonstrations to showcase their outrage for the possible new addition to the neighborhood.

"Let's show them that this is our town. Let's keep Christopher Hubbart out," the page states. "Remember to share this and show support."

The public has until Nov. 29 to submit written complaints to HubbartLASafetyTaskForce@da.lacounty.gov.

Hubbart was known as the Pillowcase Rapist because he often used a pillowcase to quiet the screams of his victims. He admitted to raping dozens of women between 1971 and 1982.

About two dozen of those rapes were in LA County. In 1979, Hubbart was released to the Bay Area, where he raped 15 more women.

Lake Los Angeles is located 17 miles east of Palmdale's Civic Center.

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