Detectives close investigation of alleged rape


Published: Wednesday, January 31, 2007 at 6:01 a.m.
Last Modified: Tuesday, January 30, 2007 at 11:48 p.m.

Detectives have closed the investigation into a reported rape at the Reserve at Kanapaha earlier this month, citing conflicting reports and an uncooperative victim, according to Sgt. Keith Faulk with the Alachua County Sheriff's Office.

"She didn't cooperate with the exam, she didn't cooperate with detectives as far as getting a recorded statement and (she) recanted information about the alleged attacker," Faulk said.

The rape was reported on Jan. 16. The victim told deputies she was walking her dog in the apartment complex around 5 a.m. when she was attacked by an armed man wearing a ski mask. The description of the attacker was similar to a report filed two days earlier by a woman who told the Gainesville Police Department that a man broke into her home in the College Park area and raped her at gunpoint.

Gainesville police are still searching for a suspect in the College Park case and have no reason to believe that case is not valid.

"Our case is still open," said Sgt. Keith Kameg with the Gainesville Police Department, adding that anyone who might have information on that case can call GPD detectives at 334-2489.

Faulk at the Sheriff's Office said detectives were unable to prove the rape at Kanapaha occurred, and also weren't able to prove that the victim's description of the attacker was accurate.

"She was told her lack of cooperation would lead to the closure of the case based on our part," Faulk said. "We feel positive it was in no way connected to the sexual battery that the GPD reported."

Faulk said his office is not seeking charges against the woman in the Kanapaha case.

Alice Wallace can be reached at 338-3109 or alice.wallace@ gvillesun.com

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