A Bucks County man has been charged with intending to subdue and sexually assault real estate agents by luring them into model homes, according to Lehigh County District Attorney James B. Martin.
Police said the defendant took substantial steps toward committing the crimes.
On Friday, Frank A. Yeager, 29, of 111 Hickory Lane, West Rockhill Township, was charged after an investigation by Pennsylvania State Police, Troop M, Fogelsville station, and Berks-Lehigh Regional Police.
Yeager is charged with one count of criminal attempt rape, a first-degree felony; two counts of carrying firearms without a license, misdemeanors of the first degree; and one count of possessing instruments of crime, a misdemeanor of the first degree.
He was arraigned through Central Booking by Magisterial Judge Michael Faulkner. Bail was set at $500,000. A Preliminary Hearing is set for Dec. 21. The defendant has been committed to Lehigh County Prison.
An affidavit of probable cause alleges the following:
On the evening of Nov. 25, 2012, a sales woman for Pulte Homes at 1613 Windmill Lane, Upper Macungie Township, reported to Berks-Lehigh Regional Police that a man entered her office and asked to see one of the model homes.
The woman told police that she did not feel comfortable with the man because he was acting in a strange manner and did not ask for any information regarding the home or the purchase of a home. The woman said she told the man that he could look at the home himself.
The woman reported that the man stayed in the home for about 45 minutes and then returned to the sales office. The man told her that there was a water leak in the model home. The man insisted that the woman look at the leak but then left abruptly when a male co-worker entered her office, the woman said.
The woman said she checked the model home and found that there was no leak but that the bedroom curtains had been pulled shut and that the lights had been turned off.
The woman gave police a description of the man. An information bulletin was sent to numerous Lehigh Valley area real estate agents and offices and surrounding police agencies. The bulletin gave a description of the man.
The investigation revealed that there were numerous reports from real estate agents of a man who matched the description, and a joint investigation was started with Pennsylvania State Police. A description of the man’s truck and his registration number were obtained through the investigation.
Police determined that the truck was registered to Frank Yeager of West Rockhill Township.
Police executed search warrants of Yeager’s truck and his residence.
Police seized a knapsack that contained numerous objects, including matches, a lighter, scissors, knives, an electrical cable stripper package, binoculars, a black ski mask, gloves, a rope, two handguns and ammunition, a metal chain with padlocks and duct tape. Police also found a second roll of duct tape, a crow bar and realty brochures in the truck.
Police also found drawings and writings that detailed the defendant’s plans, scheme and design.