Officers first tried to stop 48-year-old David Yancy in his victim's stolen car, but he fled the wrong way on I-5. So for safety reasons police backed off. But later that night, officers spotted him again in the same car, near the 1000 block of Wilson Way.
"They attempted to stop the vehicle, the suspect did not stop it and led the officers on a very short pursuit," said Officer Joe Silva, a spokesperson for the Stockton Police Department.
It was a pursuit that went right by Monica Moyses' front door.
"You know for the area it was a lot of traffic so I looked and they were all police cruisers," Moyses, told FOX40. "Jamming through there really fast like they're looking for somebody."
Yancy didn't get far before he was forced to stop at Harding Way and Cemetery Lane.
"The suspect did end up striking another vehicle and a tree and our officers were able to take the suspect into custody at that point," Silva said.
What Yancy did initially is disturbing a lot of people in Stockton.
"What we learned during this investigation is that the victim was an 82-year-old woman," Silva said.
A woman police say Yancy sexually assaulted inside her North Stockton home at knife point. He then later stole her car.
"It's unfortunate that it would happen to someone of that age first of all," Moyses said. "But to happen to anybody you know, it's scary."
Detectives can't give away too many details, but say the victim hired Yancy to do work at her house. It's a risk police want to warn people to be cautious with.
"We want them to contact the business owner, get a business license, ask for some references," Silva told FOX40.
"To get someone who you're going to trust to be in your house, you know especially if you're alone, I would do some research definitely," Moyses said. "And if you're unfamiliar, get a neighbor or something."