A Palm Desert man relives the terrifying night he was assaulted in his own home. He shares his heartbreaking tale of surviving an attack, allegedly by the man police are now linked to two murders in Coachella Valley.
Henry Fraley and his mother Renee were both fast asleep in their Palm Desert home on the morning of August 15. Henry says he encountered an intruder when he woke up to have a drink of water. The intruder was later identified by court documents as being Luis Miguel Flores Cantor, 31.
After entering through the garage door, Cantor met Henry in the hallway outside his bedroom.
“He hit me hard… blood was running down my face,” Henry said.
They got into a fight in a dark hallway and Henry yelled at his mother to grab a gun.
“I opened the door to hear him scream that there was an intruder in the house and give him the gun that is in my room,” Renée said.
Henry remembers the scary words he heard Cantor replied.
“That’s when he said… ‘I have something for you in my car,'” said Henry.
The fight continued but Cantor fled after Henry pushed him back so he could retrieve the weapon.
Although Henry’s wounds are healing, his memories of the crime are still fresh. But what the Fraleys did not know until Friday was that police had arrested a man who they said assaulted him but also allegedly killed two other people in a house break-in.
“I’m upset that yes we had a burglar, yes someone entered our house and yes my purse was taken but only to find out it was a murder” , Renee said.
Henry said he had actually lived in New York for a decade, but at a rare moment, the Fraleys say, the pandemic was a blessing because he meant he was by her side for that year.
“Who knows what could have happened,” Henry said.
“To have my life and to have Henry here. It was just God’s will that he be with me,” Renee said.
Authorities on Wednesday announced that a suspect has been arrested for two murders that took place months apart in Palm Springs. Luis Miguel Flores Cantor, 31, has been arrested in connection with the murders of Jennifer Dillon, 59, and Joseph Rajczi, 80. Authorities said the two murders took place during burglaries at the homes of victims in Coachella Valley.
Jennifer Dillon was killed in January. Joseph Rajczi was killed in July. Investigators say Cantor broke into their Palm Springs homes and killed them. Throughout the summer months, prosecutors allege Cantor broke into at least three other homes in Palm Desert and Rancho Mirage.
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According to court documents obtained by News Channel 3, in one such case, he is accused of violently assaulting a man at his home in mid-August. News Channel 3 reporter Madison Weil visited this home and spoke with the victim and her mother on Friday.
Chronology of the investigation
Cantor appeared briefly in court the day after his arrest was announced. His arraignment has been delayed and he is due to appear in court again next week.
News Channel 3 will continue to monitor updates in this case.