The attacker tied Wang's hands with an electric cord from a hairdryer and bound his legs with the cord from a curling iron. He gagged Wang by stuffing a sock in his mouth, tying another cord around his head and covering his head with a sweater.
Wang heard the man rummage through the house, downstairs and upstairs. Then he heard him call someone else on the phone. “I’m at the address. I’ve got the guy tied up,” Wang overheard.
The man came back upstairs and asked Wang which key would let him out the front door. “I tried to tell him as best I could with a sock in my mouth [that] it’s not on that key chain. He went out through the basement,” Wang said.
Before leaving, the man told Wang, “If you move, there’s going to be trouble. The guy will be here any minute.”
“I figured if they’re going to come back to settle some gambling debt, I better try to escape,” he said. Wang worked the cords off. Although the intruder had taken Wang’s phones and his laptop, he’d left behind Wang’s wife’s computer, which was buried under a bunch of papers.
Wang crawled to the master bedroom, hid behind the bed and tried to think of who might have a BlackBerry on hand. The obvious answer: a Hill staffer like Pitts.
“I was just robbed at home by two burglars,” reads the e-mail Wang got off. “Laptop, phones and wallet all taken. They missed my wife's laptop. I dont' [sic] know if they're still around the house. Please call 911 and ask them to send police.”
“Calling now,” wrote Pitts at 4:16 p.m., a minute after Wang’s e-mail came in.
“Thanks, I am in upstairs bedroom,” Wang wrote at 4:18.
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