During his appearance in court on Tuesday, Aug. 18, 46-year-old Joshua D. Palmer of Vincennes, Indiana, was sentenced to seven years in the Indiana Department of Correction for Attempted Rape, a level 3 felony, according to a statement released by the Office of Prosecuting Attorney Anthony D. Quinn.
The investigation of the case began around 2:30 a.m. on Nov. 27, 2017, when a woman contacted the Jasper Police Department (JPD) to report that someone was attempting to enter her apartment.
According to the victim, she had been moving items out of her apartment for a scheduled pest fumigation. She told police that as she came inside from the last trip out with her items, and locked the door's deadbolt. The victim said that as she was about to exit the apartment for the last time, she saw the doorknob turn, the door push slightly, and heard a male voice outside, but the deadbolt prevented the person's entry and gave her time to call 911.
Officers say when they arrived at the apartment, they found Palmer outside with his pants unzipped and wearing a black glove on one hand. Officers questioned Palmer and say he gave "differing accounts" of his reason for being at the apartment.
Upon further investigation, police uncovered evidence that Palmer intended to harm the woman who had called 911.
Police say a knife was discovered in Palmer's pocket, along with condoms, sex toys, and a bondage device. In Palmer's vehicle, police also discovered a handgun, binoculars, a mask, pantyhose, tape, baby oil, several pairs of black gloves, a bag full of tools, and two cameras.
Court documents say that digital forensic experts later examined Palmer's cell phone, where they found numerous images depicting violent acts against females. Internet searches on Palmer's phone included “when and where are women most vulnerable to assault,” “unlocking doors and windows in a girl’s apartment,” and “she should have locked her door.”
Prosecutor Quinn spoke regarding Palmer's sentence, saying, “Our community is safer today with this man off the street and behind bars for the next several years. I commend the victim for following her instincts and calling the police, and I thank the officers that worked this case for the excellent efforts.”