Randy Rust’s neighbors say they had no idea what was supposedly going on inside the house. People say he kept to himself and never bothered anyone else. But that unassuming nature is quickly changing to a community on alert.
The neighborhood is quiet now, but Monday morning it was a different story.
“The amount of stuff they took away, and the amount of people that were, I can't believe…it just boggles my mind,” said neighbor Derek.
Derek lived in the same duplex as Rust. He says there was never any loud noise or suspicious activity that would raise questions.
“He’d come outside and say hi, how's it going and that's about it actually,” Derek said. “Never really talked more than that.”
Rusts’s roommate Michael Bridwell was the one to become suspicious, after coming across the notebook filled with plans of rape and murder. In an off-camera interview, Bridwell claims he also found a hit list that included his own name.
And Derek says there was more.
“The whole thing was ripped apart and we put it all back in. They shredded it.”
After police arrested Rust Monday, they found two barrels with locking tops in a shed. A total of four barrels were located on the property, which police are investigating among a list of evidence.
“He would come and go and it didn't really seem like a real regular schedule so that's the only thing that seemed odd,” said Derek. “It didn't really seem odd anyway but that's the only thing if I had to think of anything.”
Curtis Adams, who lives across the street, says he’s keeping a closer watch on the neighborhood, but doesn’t have a lot of options.
“I guess it comes right down to it, you can never know someone else's mind,”
The roommate Michael Bridwell says he’s moved out of the duplex and doesn’t plan on returning. He says Rust started acting emotional and troubled about three weeks ago. That’s what prompted Bridwell and his wife to look into the notebook.