Kidnapping victim Denise Huskins has filed a claim against the City of Vallejo and the city’s police department for treating her March abduction and alleged sexual assault as a hoax.
Shortly after what is now believed to be a legitimate kidnapping, Vallejo Police CPD Lt. Kenny Park said that the incident appeared to be an “orchestrated event.”
Details surrounding the kidnapping were identified as strange. The requested ransom was a meager $8,500. An oddly written letter was sent to the San Francisco Chronicle during the course of the abduction investigation. Just two days after the crime was reported, police were saying that Huskins and boyfriend Aaron Quinn were no longer considered victims.
Since the abduction, suspect Matthew Muller confessed to the crime in a jailhouse interview, according to SFist.com. Court documents filed in August detail evidence that implicates Muller in the crime.
A criminal complaint unsealed in July revealed that the FBI determined the abduction to be real. Quinn.”
Muller’s resume added to the curiosity of the kidnapping case. Reports state that the confessed kidnapper is a Harvard Law School grad and recently disbarred attorney.
The search for Huskins involved the FBI, multiple government agencies, over 100 trained search and rescue workers, and an underwater dive team.
Huskins’ boyfriend Aaron Quinn had been questioned from the beginning, Lt. Park revealed within two days of the kidnapping’s report. It was that second day that police called the incident a likely hoax.
Huskins’ uncle Jeff Kane, an attorney, refuted assertions that the kidnapping was a hoax from an early stage in the investigation.
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