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Woman helps put '96 murder suspect behind bars for targeting elderly

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Patrick Streater, a California prison inmate, was indicted this week on two counts of premeditated first degree murder for the deaths of two young Tennessee women in 1996.

The charges were made just a few days shy of the 17th anniversary of the murders of Tiffany Campbell and Melissa Chilton.

The pair were found stabbed to death inside Exotic Tan for Men on February 22, 1996.

Nashville's News 2's Joseph Pleasant has been following the story for more than a year and is currently in Sacremento, California.

Police in Granite Bay said prior to his arrest, Streater would target elderly women.

He would attack them in their homes, viciously beat and rob them.

In 2002 his attacks were starting to get worse when an observant neighbor spotted him casting a home.

"Just the way he drove around the neighborhood, I felt like he wanted to rob a house," Susan Lara told Nashville's News 2.

Lara tailed Streater in her car and called police. It lead to his arrest, a guilty plea and a 12 year prison sentence.

"My kids where like, 'How did you know mom?' I told them it's just like you get a gut feeling," she explained.

The California mother was hailed a hero and received an award for her contribution to her community.

She said police told her after receiving her award that Streater would remain behind bars for a long time.

"They told me they are pretty sure he had killed two younger girls," Lara recalled.

Metro police have not said when Streater will return to Tennessee. A hold has been placed on him with the California Department of Corrections to make sure he is not released.

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