RPD Update on Assault Investigaton

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On June 17th, 2017 at 8:32 a.m., Redding Police Department Investigators were called out to investigate a rape/assault that was reported to have occurred on the Sacramento River Trail near the Ribbon Bridge. Investigators have worked tirelessly speaking with witnesses, collecting evidence and speaking with the victim on several occasions.

As of today, Redding Police Investigators have not been able to substantiate many of the victim’s statements. The victim initially reported the rape/assault took place on the Sacramento River Trail. After viewing video surveillance, speaking with witnesses and follow up interviews with the victim, investigators have been able to verify the rape/assault did not occur on the Sacramento River Trail.

Through follow up interviews, the victim provided two other locations where this rape/assault may have occurred. Investigators eliminated one of these locations through video surveillance. The second location was the 2400 block of Washington Avenue, where the victim intitally called 911. At this point, no crime scene consistent with victim’s allegations has been located.

After several contacts and interviews, the victim eventually admitted to investigators that she knew where the weapon used during the rape/assault was located. The victim took investigators to the 2400 block of Washington Avenue and showed them where she hid and buried the weapon on the day of the reported crime.

Based on the above information, there is lack of sufficient evidence to determine if or where a crime occurred. Investigators will continue to work with the victim and investigate leads as they develop.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the Redding Police Department at (530)225-4214.

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2 Responses

  1. Richard Christoph says:

    The initial reporting on this alleged incident certainly raised one question troubling question. If the assault took place near the ribbon bridge, how is it possible that it was not reported until arriving at 2400 Washington Avenue, over 3 miles away?  Surely other walkers and bikers with cell phones would have been on the trail at that time, eager and willing to report the crime and to  assist a victim in need.

    We do not yet know whether or not this alleged assault actually took place, but if the evidence remains insufficient as noted above, the real losers will be those true victims who will be less likely to be believed in the future because of this potentially fabricated tale.

    We have just returned from a City Council meeting during which multiple speakers referenced the report of this assault and the fear that it has created in our town. If the story proves to be untrue, that fear is unnecessary and unfortunate.

    • Beverly Stafford says:

      That three-mile distance was certainly a red flag for me.  Perhaps that “minor injuries” comment in the first press release was accurate.  I truly hope this wasn’t a hoax on the part of the woman.

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