A group of Lake Los Angeles residents held a protest rally on Saturday, three days after convicted serial rapist Christopher Hubbard was released to a home in the small community east of Palmdale.
The 63-year-old Hubbart, known as the “pillowcase rapist,” had been held at a state mental hospital in Coalinga before being discharged on Wednesday.
Hubbart was given the moniker because he used pillowcases to dampen the screams of some of his 40 victims, whom he attacked between 1971 and 1983.
After registering as a sex-offender in Los Angeles County, Hubbart moved into a court-ordered placement house in the 20300 block of East Avenue R.
Many of his new neighbors fought his release for months and are now intent on ousting him from the area, despite assurances from authorities that he will be closely monitored.
“We learned that they are contracted only daily – the security – and the acknowledgement we got, and also in our town council meeting, is that it’s for several weeks, up to two months,” said Deb Hill, a member of the group Ladies of Lake L.A., wearing a T-shirt that read: “WOMEN ON A MISSION: CHRISTOPHER HUBBART/NOT IN THE ANTELOPE VALLEY.” “So that means we have to be vigilant for the next two months and try to get this man to back in” to the facility in Coalinga, she said.
Hill said she has stood near the residence on East Avenue R and “spent many hours on the bullhorn talking to him personally. He doesn't answer back. I gave him my cellphone number. [I'm] still waiting for the call."
Multiple people rallied outside Hubbard's home Saturday morning and tied pillowcases to the fence around his home.
"I just don't think the state should use the Antelope Valley as a dumping ground," community activist Albert Constante said.
Hubbart was being monitored by a state-contracted company that used a GPS anklet and security guards, according to reports.
He was also not allowed to drive a car or use the bus, and was subject to random searches.
Correction: A previous version of this story incorrectly spelled Hubbart's name. This post has been updated.