SHORELINE - Veteran Detective, Michael Gordon, is talking candidly about one of his most memorable cases. The crime rattled the Shoreline community late last year, frightening families after they heard what happened to a 12-year-old girl.
"The stars just aligned in the wrong way that night," said Gordon.
One night last December, Detective Gordon received a call that cut right to his core. "I've got a daughter that is 11-years-old. I've got kids myself," said Gordon.
He could not help but think like a parent when he pulled up to the crime scene in Shoreline.
"It's not that common really to have a home invasion sexual assault and certainly not against a child," he said.
The child, a 12 year old girl, was home alone with her siblings. A stranger entered the family's home, and raped the young girl. Her mom returned while the intruder was still there.
"He ran out the front door, right by mom," said Gordon. Inside the victim's home, investigators found the suspect's palm print which led to a name, Jesse Gonzales. He'd been in trouble with the law before, according to Gordon. Detectives were able to find his address and the make and model of his vehicle.
On the very morning the SWAT team was preparing to move in, an investigator spotted the suspect's car. Gonzales was arrested. Last month, Gonzales pled guilty, and received a minimum sentence of 25 years in prison.
"You can't give that girl back what she lost, but you can help her sleep better at night because you caught the bad guy," said Gordon.
Investigators were able to solve the case within 72 hours. The King County Sheriff's office credits team work along with having the right resources.