Suspected ‘Golden State Killer’ seemed shocked by arrest, told police he had a roast in the oven: Official

Today, investigators will conduct a methodical, room-by-room search of his home, Belli said.

The suspected “Golden State Killer” who was arrested this week for killing and raping dozens of California residents decades ago, seemed shocked to find police outside his home, according to Sacramento County Sheriff’s Department official Paul Belli.

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Joseph James DeAngelo, a 72-year-old former police officer, was taken into custody on Tuesday at his home in Citrus Heights in Sacramento County, the same county where his alleged crime spree began in 1976. The crimes continued across the state until 1986.

DeAngelo lived at the home with family but was home alone when he was arrested, Belli told ABC News.

DeAngelo told police he had a roast in the oven, and officers said they could take care of it, Belli said.

He was placed under arrest without incident.

Authorities have a list of items stolen from victims’ homes as well as other items connected to crimes, including weapons.

PHOTO: Ransacked drawers after an attack by the Golden State Killer.Courtesy FBI
Ransacked drawers after an attack by the “Golden State Killer.”

DeAngelo is believed to have committed 12 murders, at least 50 rapes and multiple home burglaries in the 1970s and 1980s.

His alleged “reign of terror” spanned from the Sacramento area in Northern California down to Orange County in Southern California, Orange County District Attorney Tony Rackauckas said Wednesday.

PHOTO: An evidence room from the Golden State Killer investigation.Courtesy FBI
An evidence room from the “Golden State Killer” investigation.

DeAngelo was a police officer in Exeter, California, from 1973 to 1976, officials said.

In 1976 he served as a police officer in the city of Auburn until he was fired in 1979 for allegedly stealing a hammer and a can of dog repellent, The Associated Press reported, citing Auburn Journal articles from the time.

DeAngelo then spent 27 years working for Save Mart Supermarkets at a distribution center in Roseville, near Sacramento, said Victoria Castro, a public affairs manager for Save Mart. He retired last year.

“None of his actions in the workplace would have lead us to suspect any connection to crimes being attributed to him,” Castro said in a statement. “We are working with the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office on their investigation.”

Last week, DeAngelo’s name came up for the first time in the “Golden State Killer” investigation, Sacramento District Attorney Anne Marie Schubert said.

DeAngelo was then surveilled and DNA from an item police had collected of his was confirmed as a match.

He has not yet appeared in court.

PHOTO: Joseph James Deangelo, known as The Golden State Killer, is seen in this police booking photo, April 25, 2018, after being apprehended.