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Woman raped walking home after police impound car
http://www.sbsun.com/news/ci_3661345 ^ | 3 3 06 | Rod Leveque

Posted on 04/04/2006 3:23:42 AM PDT by freepatriot32

An 18-year-old woman was kidnapped and raped early Friday morning while walking home from a traffic stop in which Upland police impounded her ride, authorities said.

Upland police allowed the woman to leave alone on foot around midnight near 14th Street and Euclid Avenue after they towed the car in which she was a passenger.

She called police from the south part of the city about two hours later and reported that a man forced her into his car at gunpoint and raped her before she made it home.

Police Capt. Jeff Mendenhall said that despite the obvious safety concerns, police followed proper procedures in letting the woman walk through the city alone in the middle of the night. It was the woman's choice to do so, he said, and officers had no authority to stop her.

"She could have been taken somewhere, but she turned it down," Mendenhall said. "If she were a juvenile we would have made arrangements to get her home. But if it's an adult we can't force them against their will."

Officers arrested the suspected assailant shortly after the woman reported she was raped.

They said the suspect, 22-year-old Seuti Magba-Kamara of Rancho Cucamonga, drove past them while they were interviewing the woman just after 2 a.m.

They pulled him over several blocks away and took him into custody without incident, Mendenhall said.

He was booked into West Valley Detention Center in Rancho Cucamonga on charges of rape, kidnapping, robbery, criminal threats and forcible oral copulation. Bail was set at $1 million.

Police said the incident unfolded about 11:20 p.m. Thursday after officers stopped the car in which the woman was a passenger.

The driver of the car, who was not identified, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, and the car was impounded.

Mendenhall said the woman initially waited in the back seat of a squad car while police called a ride for her. The ride didn't show, and the woman decided to walk to a pay phone, Mendenhall said.

She didn't come back, Mendenhall said.

Police said she made it about three miles on foot before a man pulled up in a white Chevrolet Impala and offered her a ride near San Antonio Avenue and Eighth Street.

When she refused, he brandished a handgun and forced her into his car, Mendenhall said.

He then drove her to an alley, threatened her and forced her to have sex at gunpoint, police said. He stole her ID and let her out of the car afterward, police said.

She called to report the incident at about 2 a.m. from the area of Seventh Street and San Antonio.

After his arrest, the woman identified Magba-Kamara as her assailant, authorities said. Evidence was found in his car linking him to the crime, Mendenhall said. Police also recovered the gun, which they said turned out to be an air pistol.

The woman, who suffered bruises on her arm, was treated a hospital and released.

Mendenhall said police don't like to leave people stranded on the streets.

Officers will often take them to 24-hour restaurants or even allow them to wait in the police station lobby for their rides.

This woman didn't want that, he said.

"We certainly didn't leave her stranded," he said. "There were better options for her to take."

Curtis Cope, an expert in police procedure, said Friday it appears Upland police acted within the law in allowing the woman to walk home alone.

"It sounds like an offer for assistance was made, and that would be consistent with good police practice," Cope said.

In some cases, an officer can drive a person home, but that depends on how busy the officer is and how far away is the person's destination, said Cope, who spent 29 years as a policeman and now works as an instructor on proper tactics.

Normally, police will help the person call a cab or arrange transportation. If the person chooses to walk, police must let them, he said.

According to court records, Magba-Kamara has a case pending against him. He is suspected of committing a robbery at a fast-food restaurant on Holt Boulevard in Montclair.

He was out of jail on his own recognizance Thursday night.


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1 posted on 04/04/2006 3:23:46 AM PDT by freepatriot32
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To: JTN

ping


2 posted on 04/04/2006 3:24:06 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: Wolfie

ping


3 posted on 04/04/2006 3:24:27 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32

Where is this?


4 posted on 04/04/2006 3:26:53 AM PDT by raybbr
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To: raybbr

San Bernardino California


5 posted on 04/04/2006 3:29:15 AM PDT by freepatriot32 (Holding you head high & voting Libertarian is better then holding your nose and voting republican)
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To: freepatriot32
"She could have been taken somewhere, but she turned it down," Mendenhall said. "If she were a juvenile we would have made arrangements to get her home. But if it's an adult we can't force them against their will."

Mendenhall said the woman initially waited in the back seat of a squad car while police called a ride for her. The ride didn't show, and the woman decided to walk to a pay phone, Mendenhall said.

What alternative did the police have – arresting her?
6 posted on 04/04/2006 3:29:25 AM PDT by R. Scott (Humanity i love you because when you're hard up you pawn your Intelligence to buy a drink.)
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To: freepatriot32
Obviously this is the fault of the police.

Why can't they just ride around and look good, instead of creating trouble for people?




7 posted on 04/04/2006 3:45:08 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: freepatriot32
According to court records, Magba-Kamara has a case pending against him. He is suspected of committing a robbery at a fast-food restaurant on Holt Boulevard in Montclair.

He was out of jail on his own recognizance Thursday night.


Why??
8 posted on 04/04/2006 3:46:46 AM PDT by DustyMoment (FloriDUH - proud inventors of pregnant/hanging chads and judicide!!)
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To: G.Mason

They go after the folks who don't shoot back...


9 posted on 04/04/2006 3:48:39 AM PDT by sit-rep (If you acquire, hit it again to verify...)
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To: DustyMoment

WTF?

This guy was arrested for burgurlary and released.

Then he gets arrested for rape and released.

Sounds like a judge should needs to lose his/her job.


10 posted on 04/04/2006 3:54:25 AM PDT by Erik Latranyi (Guns don't kill people --- liberals with guns do!)
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To: sit-rep

Obviously they did leave her stranded, they towed the car in which she was a passenger around midnight. I have a distrust of police in general. She may have thought she could get a ride, and couldn't. We have some really low life "rouge" cops here in Alabama.


11 posted on 04/04/2006 4:00:53 AM PDT by charrisGOP (Famous last words: Iíll get right with God later...)
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To: charrisGOP

Not to mention the catch and release of the perp, which contributed directly to the assault. Police are guilty and the judges are guilty, they can spin it all they want but they contributed to this assault.


12 posted on 04/04/2006 4:05:24 AM PDT by calex59
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To: freepatriot32

Stupid Ba$tards..........my son had his truck burn up on a freeway on his way home from up north.....the police officers took him to the local town, and dumped him off there....his shoes, coat, wallet and cell phone were destroyed in the fire. It was 40 degrees out, he had no shoes, it was raining, he had no coat, and they would not allow him into the police station. It took me over an hour to get to him, and some nice people in a restaurant let him stay in there, use their phone to call me, and gave him some coffee to warm up....i do not give a crap about "correct" procedure.....to protect and to serve overrides the so called "correct" procedure....so does common sense.


13 posted on 04/04/2006 4:15:10 AM PDT by joe fonebone (Vote YES! on Lake Iran......)
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To: R. Scott

How about taking her home?


14 posted on 04/04/2006 4:16:32 AM PDT by AppyPappy (If you aren't part of the solution, there is good money to be made prolonging the problem.)
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To: Erik Latranyi

The story said bail was set at a Million bucks, I doubt he made bail on the rape charge.


15 posted on 04/04/2006 4:16:41 AM PDT by sgtbono2002
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To: G.Mason
LOL!

Impounding the vehicle she was in doomed her to her fate... arrest the tow-truck operator!

16 posted on 04/04/2006 4:17:36 AM PDT by johnny7 (ďNah, I ainít Jewish, I just donít dig on swine, thatís all.Ē)
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To: johnny7
Tow truck operator?

That'll work. He was probably paying off the police for the tow job anyway.

It was a given that many here would castigate the police. If we just did away with them we could all live in peace and harmony, while singing kumbyah.




17 posted on 04/04/2006 4:29:17 AM PDT by G.Mason (Duty, Honor, Country)
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To: calex59
Hey, never forget,

"Police said the incident unfolded about 11:20 p.m. Thursday after officers stopped the car in which the woman was a passenger. The driver of the car, who was not identified, was arrested on suspicion of possessing drug paraphernalia, and the car was impounded.",

it was all worth it! Blackbird.

18 posted on 04/04/2006 4:54:23 AM PDT by BlackbirdSST (Diapers, like Politicians, need regular changing for the same reason!)
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To: G.Mason
It was a given that many here would castigate the police. If we just did away with them we could all live in peace and harmony, while singing kumbyah.

If we did away with them we could get guns and shoot the bad guys ourselves.

19 posted on 04/04/2006 4:55:12 AM PDT by Shalom Israel (Pray for the Peace of Jerusalem.)
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To: freepatriot32

hrmn.
If the police can prove (via a signed waiver or dash-cam records) that the woman was offered conveyance and refused to avail herself of it, they are in the clear on this.


20 posted on 04/04/2006 4:59:55 AM PDT by King Prout (The UN 1967 Outer Space Treaty is bad for America and bad for humanity - DUMP IT.)
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