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Man convicted of kidnapping, assaulting Elk Grove real estate agent

David Burnhart
David Burnhart

A Sacramento County jury has convicted a 48-year-old man of kidnapping and assaulting a real estate agent at a model home in Elk Grove.

David Burnhart, 48, was found guilty Friday of kidnapping to commit robbery, kidnapping to commit rape, assault with intent to commit rape, false imprisonment, making criminal threats and robbery, according to a Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office news release. Burnhart also was convicted of being a felon in possession of a firearm.

On Jan. 8, 2015, a 34-year-old female real estate agent was working at a KB model home sales office in Elk Grove. Burnhart made an appointment to view the homes. During his walk-through, Burnhart returned to the sales office and falsely told the woman there was a water leak in one of the homes.

When the woman accompanied him into the home, Burnhart pointed a .25-caliber semi-automatic pistol at her and threatened to shoot her if she tried to get away, authorities said. Burnhart handcuffed her to a closet rail and removed her pants. Authorities said Burnhart threatened to shoot her if she did not comply with his demands.

Burnhart left to move the woman’s car so it would not be visible from the street. When he returned, he told the woman they were going for a ride and made her put on a robe that was used for a closet display. As they were walking out the front door, Burnhart saw a security guard. He made the woman go back inside, put her clothes on and told her they were going to leave. He threatened to shoot her and the security guard if she did not act normally, authorities said.

Burnhart walked out the front door first, and the woman slammed the door and locked it. She waited for Burnhart to leave, then ran to the security guard and called 911. Burnhart stole several of the woman’s personal items, including her purse, two cellphones and her socks and underwear.

Authorities said Burnhart has a 2005 conviction for forcible oral copulation. He is to be sentenced April 29 by Sacramento Superior Court Judge Shelleyanne Chang.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy