Robert Douglas Hitt, 34, was still at the house when police arrived early Monday morning, KOMO-TV reported. Beard apparently missed two of the eight women sharing the house and one of them called 911, the report said.
Austen Beard, 19, told the Seattle Times she originally got Hitt to leave her room by yelling at him. But a short while later one of her roommates knocked and she found Hitt outside holding a knife to the young woman''s throat.
She said she heard him yelling: "Get everyone in the house! I'm going to kill everyone!"
Beard said she thinks Hitt may have been on drugs. She said she and the other captives were able to conceal his knife when he dropped it while tying them up.
"He was very amateur. He was messed up," Beard said.
Police said Hitt was paroled in January and had been complying with the terms of his release. He was convicted of raping two women in 2001.
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