He was outside the store when Goodwin, dressed in a skirt and top, came in, as seen on the video. She headed right over to the snack aisle for the Cheetos her boyfriend asked her to pick up, and, then to the dairy case for chocolate milk. The clerk was busy but remembered Goodwin had gone back to the restroom -- and that's when she met the loiterer, Handley said.
"And he remembers as best he can that the defendant was, in fact, asking her for a ride," Handley said, referring to the clerk. "And you can very faintly hear it on the tape. You can hear him say certain things like, 'My truck broke down,' or 'I would walk but these shoes aren't good. And it's just a quarter of a mile. It's just up to McKinney Avenue.' And you hear her saying, 'Oh no, I don't think so.'"
The next day, police would begin looking for suspect Reyes.
Visit the "Primetime" Web site Tuesday for Part II of Melanie Goodwin's story.