Masked rapist tells victim he ‘had to do it,’ investigators say

A woman screamed when she woke up at 4 a.m. to find a masked man armed with a knife, lurking over her bed. The intruder raped her and told her: “You really should deadbolt your door because I didn’t really want to do this, but I had to do it.”

And the attacker, later identified as Timothy Walding, 18, of West Boynton, even offered to do yard work to make up for raping his neighbor.

Walding also told the woman it wouldn’t be awkward living down the street from him because he’d be joining the military at the end of the month, according to a Palm Beach Sheriff’s arrest report.

After the woman said she managed to get Walding to leave, deputies arrested him Friday.