Wednesday, May 19, 2010

Portsmouth police: Parking garage assault report was false

PORTSMOUTH — Four days after a teenager reported she was sexually assaulted in a downtown parking garage, police believe the report was false.

"Based on our investigation, we don't believe there was any sexual assault or any attempted sexual assault," said Capt. Corey MacDonald. "We don't believe a sex assault occurred in the parking garage, or anywhere else related to the allegation."

The rape report remains under investigation, said MacDonald, adding he could not elaborate "at this point."
According to the city's public police log, the teen reported being dragged into a van by two men who tried to sexually assault her before she made an escape and fled from the scene. The crime was alleged to have occurred Sunday night in the High-Hanover parking garage.

MacDonald said detectives vigorously investigated the allegation since it was first reported.