Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Report of Sexual Assault by Tattooed Man in Alpine False, Detectives Say

San Diego Sheriff’s detectives Friday said the initial account of a woman who claimed to have been sexually assaulted by two men earlier this month was false, though they are still investigating the case.

The victim had told deputies that she had pulled over to the side of South Grade Road near Cleghorn Way about 8 p.m. July 7 when two suspects approached her in a newer silver Ford Ranger pickup truck. According to the San Diego County Sheriff’s Department, that did not happen and though an alleged assault did occur, they don’t know where. One suspect is the focus of the case, officials said.They are sure, though, that nothing transpired in Alpine.

“While the case is still being actively investigated, the Alpine Sheriff’s Station is confident in advising the community that the incident previously described did not take place and there is no danger to the community as a result,” officials said in a news release.

Nonetheless, officials still will host an 11 a.m. forum Friday to address concerns in the community following the report of the sexual assault. They did not comment on whether the woman would face charges for initially making a false report to investigators.

The woman’s account had been very specific, from elements about the truck that had supposedly been involved to minute details about the perpetrators’ tattoos.

She had described the truck as having an extra cab and a lifted suspension, with worn out tires and a grill spray-painted black, and said that one man was white, between 25 and 35 years old, with hazel eyes, a shaved head and no facial hair, with several tattoos including devil horns, flames and a skull.
The second suspect was described as white and between 35 and 40, with slicked back brown hair, brown eyes and a patch of hair under his lower lip, wearing a black leather vest over a white t-shirt.