Monday, August 13, 2012

Rape claim was 'made-up story' that just got 'out of hand'

A case involving the attempted rape of a 22-year-old Conway woman has been closed after the alleged victim told investigators with the Conway Police Department that she has no interest in pursuing the matter further.

The woman reported that around 9:30 p.m. on July 26, an unknown black male attacked her outside of Pizza Hut on Club Lane.

The woman told police her attacker had a baseball bat. He reportedly took the $13 change from her pizza purchase and ordered her into an alley between Lonnie's Meat Market and McDonald's, where he pulled her pants down and forced her legs apart.

The woman said she averted the man's efforts by telling him that she was "on her cycle."

The man reportedly "looked disgusted" before hitting the back of her right leg above the knee with the baseball bat, so that she fell to one knee on the sidewalk.

The suspect then reportedly walked away, heading towards the Conway Regional Health and Fitness Center.

She described the man as approximately 6’2”, “skinny,” dark-haired, with facial hair that looked like a goatee. She said the man had diamond studs in his ears and was wearing black clothes, including a T-shirt, Nike shorts and a stocking cap. The woman also said the man had “a deep voice.”

According to the police report, the woman was to meet with investigators on July 31 at 8 a.m. The woman was 30 minutes late to the interview and the investigation was rescheduled for 11 a.m. the next day.

Police were still searching for a suspect on Thursday morning when the woman reportedly called at 11:17 a.m., saying that she was "very busy" at her workplace and was unable to come to the scheduled interview. The woman told the investigator that she was about to graduate and "had a lot of things going on in her life right now" and "did not really want anything to be done" with the case.

Citing the issue as a matter of public safety, the investigator told the woman that she would be willing to work around the woman's schedule and was happy to meet her somewhere other than the police department. The woman agreed to meet with the investigator at noon at her home.

At her home, the woman recounted the same story. The woman said in the interview that she did kick her legs, but did not scream or cry out for help. Though she had no visible bruises or injuries from being hit with the baseball bat, the woman said her leg was sore.

Following the incident, the woman said she went back to her apartment, told her girlfriend about the incident and then called her parents, who advised her to call police and file a report.

The investigator then told the woman that she believed that something had happened, but did not think that what the woman had told her was "the complete truth."

The investigator explained that she was going to collect surveillance video from businesses around the time that the incident occurred and that she would hate for video to reveal that something "different" had transpired. The investigator suggested it was possible that she had come home and told her girlfriend a "made-up story" for personal reasons and that things had "gotten out of hand" when the family advised the woman to notify police.

The woman then reportedly agreed with the investigator's statements, saying she had been having "issues" with an ex-fiance who would "just not go away." The woman told the investigator that there had been no crime to investigate and that "the case should be closed," before filling out a statement, saying she did not want the matter to be pursued any further.

The woman then reportedly apologized "for any inconvenience" she had caused and signed the statement.

The case was logged as "unfounded" and was closed on Friday.

No charges have been filed against the woman.