A homeless man turned on a Mesa couple who let him stay in their home by tying up the man and raping the woman on Saturday, according to police and court records.
Police broke down the door of an apartment at Dobson Road and Main Street at 2 p.m. to find the disabled 50-year-old man bound with a power cord to a chair and his 50-year-old girlfriend in distress in the bedroom.
Larry D. Cannon, a registered sex offender, tried to hide under the bed as police entered the apartment, according to a court document.
Sgt. Ed Wessing, Mesa police spokesman, said the woman met Cannon a few days before the attack, felt sorry for him because he was homeless and offered him a place to stay.
Cannon has been in and out prison his entire life and he was convicted in June 1983 for a November 1982 sexual assault and kidnapping. Details of the 1982 attack were not immediately available. He served a 2 1/2-year prison sentence in 2003 for failing to register as a sex offender.
Court documents say he is a registered sex offender, but he is not listed in the state sex offender registry so he is not considered a high risk to re-offend.
Harold Sanders, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, said registration information for Level I, or the lowest risk level, is not public record.
Cannon was booked into jail Saturday on suspicion of two counts of kidnapping and will not be allowed to post bail.
Court documents say that the 50-year-old man was playing a game on his computer when Cannon came up from behind him, covered his mouth and placed a kitchen knife to his throat.
"The victim said Larry Cannon told him not to say anything or he would kill him," a court document states.
Cannon tied him with a cord he cut from a vacuum cleaner and then went into the bedroom where the woman slept.
The man, who gets around on a scooter, was able to get his arm loose enough to pick up the telephone and call 911.
"Upon Mesa PD arrival, victim 1 told Mesa PD dispatch the officers would have to kick in the door because it had two deadbolt locks," the document states.