Cardwell, 28, remains in jail on $1 million bail, and is scheduled for arraignment on April 28 at 8:30 a.m. at the King County Courthouse.
In court documents, Cardwell listed his last known address as the 15000 block of 180th Place in Woodinville and his occupation as cook at a Woodinville pizza establishment.
He is no stranger to legal trouble, with five felony convictions, five gross misdemeanor convictions and three misdemeanor convictions on his record according to court documents.
Those offenses include assault, theft, residential burglary, attempting to take a motor vehicle without permission, disorderly conduct, harassment and possession of drug paraphernalia, among others, dating back to 1999.
Further, he has seven prior juvenile convictions, including four for assault.
The most recent charges allege that at about 3:30 a.m. on April 12 Cardwell broke into a local residence, entered the girl’s bedroom and raped her at knifepoint while her parents were asleep in the next room.
According to King County Sheriff’s Office media spokesman Sgt. John Urquhart’s initial press release, the father came into his daughter’s room when he heard a noise and the man ran off. An initial search of the area by deputies and a K-9 dog was unsuccessful. Then at 9:25 a.m. (some five hours after the incident) the suspect was found approximately one-quarter mile away in a wooded area near Bassett Pond Park after a 911 call reported a suspicious man nearby. Cardwell was arrested without incident, Urquhart said.
It was later revealed that Cardwell had previously worked for the father as an occassional housesitter and was well-known to the family.
According to the Certification For Determination of Probable Cause later prepared by Detective Casey Johnson of the sheriff’s office, further details of the incident include that the teen recognized her assailant as he entered her bedroom.
According to Johnson’s report, the victim said she said something to the intruder "trying to acknowledge that it was him but he said something back trying to deny it was him. She said that Jacob came over to the bed and held a knife to her throat and told her not to scream because he had two other friends that were in with her parents.
She then said Jacob climbed on top of her and removed the comforter ..."
He then sexually assaulted her, the victim alleged in detail, according to the report.
"She said that at some point Jacob dropped the knife which she took and placed between the bed and the wall," the report continued. "She said that Jacob did not say a lot during the assault but did ask her if she liked what he was doing.
She said that her father came into the bedroom and she jumped up and told her dad that Jacob raped her ... She said that her dad told her to leave the room."
According to the detective’s interview with the father, "he said he was in his bedroom right next to his daughter’s room. He said he woke up to a loud bang in her room. He said he thought she was having a bad dream. He said he opened the door and saw a commotion on the bed. He said she was saying ‘It’s Jake, it’s Jake, he’s got a knife and he’s raping me, he’s going to kill me.’ He said he saw a figure jump up from the bed towards the bedroom window, said he turned on the light and saw it was Jake. He said it was Jacob Cardwell, wearing a white tank top and pulling up his pants ... He said Jake told him ‘it’s not what you think.’ He said his wife came to the room and removed his daughter. He said he ordered Jake out of his house ... He said he checked the house for other intruders and had his wife call 911."
When the police arrived, Johnson’s report continued, the defendant was nowhere to be found.
After an exhaustive search, the defendant was contacted by cell phone by the detective.
"Jacob would not tell me where he was other than in the woods ... He said he was out drinking with friends. He said they left his house and went someplace else to drink.
He said his friends dropped him off and he had to walk home. He said that when he got home, all hell broke loose.
He said he did not do what they have been saying. He said he does not remember going into (the victim’s) house.
He said he did not remember being in the bedroom belonging to (the victim). He said he did not do anything. He refused to tell us where he was."
Johnson said another search using a helicopter and K-9 unit was conducted and the defendant was located on 174th Ave. NE and apprehended. He smelled of alcohol but refused a breath test, Johnson said.
After being arrested and transported to the King County North Precinct, the defendant continued to deny his involvement.
The victim was transported to Harborview Medical Center in Seattle for a sexual assault examination.
According to Carol Spoor of the county prosecutor’s office, through subsequent investigation a knife was located in the victim’s bedroom between the bed and the wall, where she said she had concealed it.