|Updated: 12/05/2008 8:21 am
||Published: 12/04/2008 4:20 pm
A woman tells FOX16 News she is convinced she saw and talked to Curtis Vance in the Heights neighborhood just three days before police say he attacked Anne Pressly in her home. It's an account that the Little Rock Police Department is not disputing.
The woman, who doesn't want us to use her name or face, is convinced she saw and talked to Vance just a block from Pressly's home. As she worked inside a home on Beechwood in the Heights, the doorbell rang...
"And I asked him if I could help him and he turned around and mentioned the gutters, if they needed to be cleaned and I told him she already had someone," the woman says.
She didn't give the encounter much thought until her son-in-law called last week and told her an arrest was made in Pressly's murder.
"I saw the picture on the television and I go, 'Oh no.' And he says, 'What?’ I said, 'That's the guy that was at the house where I was at on Friday the 17th,” she recalls. “I remember the car and the big spoke rims. He said, 'Really?’ And I said, ‘Yes.’"
October 17 was just three days before Pressly was attacked in her home a short walk away from where the woman works.
We asked LRPD about that possibility earlier this week.
"Anyone that may have seen him, that will just help our case even more. It places him in that neighborhood," Lt. Terry Hastings says.
The police aren't surprised that Vance was allegedlty seen. "No, we're not surprised at all. In fact, we knew that pretty early on that it was probably someone who had been in that neighborhood looking for that opportunity."
"I'm not real good with names but I always remember faces," the woman says. And when she watched the video of Vance taken to jail she knew she had talked to him face to face.
"I don't know, it's just really scary knowing he was in this neighborhood," she says.
The woman says she has not spoken to police yet. Her employer did tell us that police may try to talk to her on Friday. However, LRPD will not confirm that because of the gag order preventing them from speaking to the reporters about the case.