He told police what he told The Post, that the crimes started in Prince George’s when he was 19 or 20 years old and couldn’t find work or a place to live. And he echoed his previously expressed opinion that he didn’t believe the attacks were violent.
“I just went to a woman, scared her and she gave me sex,” Thomas said, according to the transcript. He would use intimidation, fake weapons and threats to subdue his victims. “You know I didn’t intend on hurting nobody and causing blood and all that stuff. You know, I didn’t put my hand to women.”
Thomas described walking the streets, noticing locations that would be good for an attack, scouting escape routes and taking advantage of “an opportunity” when a woman would come along. He said he would jump out and take the women from the sidewalk to the woods — a description that matches many given by victims of his known attacks.
“I’m almost like a predator,” he told police.
Once he began attacking women, Thomas said, he felt powerless to stop the attacks for good, though he tried many times: “Once you do something, it’s hard to stop, something that serious, you’re not supposed to do.”
Saunders’s testimony Friday revealed that Thomas might have been stalking victims more than he let on. She said when she saw photographs of Thomas as a younger man after his arrest, she remembered him as someone who came to look at the entertainment center she was trying to sell in preparation for her move. Law enforcement officials said it’s possible Thomas knew she would be alone and vulnerable, planned an attack, then returned.
He looked at the attacks as random sex, something that he could pursue when he had urges.
“And then I figured out, wow, it’s that easy,” Thomas said. “That it seemed really easy.”
Thomas told police that he occasionally would refrain from attacks for an extended period of time, largely because aspects of his life would get better. He’d land a job, find a place to live, get into a relationship.
“I was doing all right then, helping people. I was a good person,” he said. “Then, it come back again.. . . That’s why I kept spreading it out, because I would do it and I would feel terrible, and then the urge would come back like a Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde thing.”
When detectives asked Thomas how many times he raped women, he said he thought it was about 16 to 20 or so, though he said he couldn’t remember all of the attacks, nor did he keep count. When asked how many rapes there were in Prince George’s, he said: “A lot.”