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LAPD: Not Sufficient Evidence to Show Sexual Assualt of Homeless Woman Occurred

By Sam Catanzaro

Los Angeles police say that they do not have sufficient evidence or information to show that an alleged rape of a homeless woman occurred.

Fox 11 Los Angeles reported last week that video footage appears to show that a passed out homeless woman was raped by a homeless man on a sidewalk in Venice.

A woman interviewed by Fox 11 told the station that she was at a store near Lincoln Boulevard and Rose Avenue on the evening of Friday, January 17 when she noticed an inebriated looking woman laying on the ground outside the store.

“I looked over an obviously she was pretty drunk,” the witness told Fox, adding that she then saw a man running towards the woman from a nearby homeless encampment. “He basically ran over to her, pulled down his pants, laid down next to her and started pulling down her pants and kind of covering them and having sex with her.”

The witness told Fox that she initially thought the sex was consensual because the woman did not resist but then when the witness approached the scene she noticed the woman was in her vomit with her eyes closed.

“I definitely witnessed a rape,” the victim told Fox 11. “She was in her vomit, with her eyes closed like passed out. He was having sex with her like an animal. To me, it was absolutely rape.”

The witness then says a second man came running across the street, chased the first man away and started hitting and berating the woman.

“He said…’you dumb b***h, you are going to cheat on me?’” the woman told Fox.

The owner of the business the witness was at then called the police department to report the incident.

According to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD), Pacific Division officers received a radio call at 6:24 p.m. of an assault with a deadly weapon that had just occurred at the 300 block of Lincoln Boulevard, the area in which the incident occurred.

Police say the suspect, a male Hispanic, assaulted the victim with a glass bottle. Officers took a police report for an assault with a deadly weapon and the suspect was gone on arrival. Police say they cannot confirm the battery suspect is the second male who berated and hit the woman.

According to the LAPD, during the investigation of the battery, the witness who filmed the incident came forward to say the woman was sexually assaulted.

“During the investigation of the battery is when the witness came forward and said she [the victim] was sexually assaulted,” said an officer with the LAPD Media Relations division.

The LAPD says the woman was transported to a local hospital for medical treatment where officers brought up the possible rape.

“At the hospital when they brought up the potential sexual assault she said that it did not occur and that she did not want to file a police report,” the LAPD said.

According to the LAPD, there is not enough evidence to show that a sexual assault occurred.

“We’ve reviewed two video clips from an anonymous citizen and video from a neighboring business. In conjunction with the video and a statement from the victim that she was not sexually assaulted, we do not have sufficient information or evidence to show that a sexual assault occurred. I can confirm that we are conducting an investigation into whether the victim was assaulted with a glass bottle by a second man whom we believe may be in a dating relationship with the victim,” wrote Luis Jurado, a detective at the Pacific Division in an email to Yo! Venice.

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