A woman reported rape at gunpoint committed in the parking lot of a Wal-Mart in Orlando, Florida and comments made by Jim Solomons who is a spokesman for the Orange County Sheriff's Office caught my eye.
From ABC News:
The woman was transported to a crisis center, where she was interviewed by detectives. "The more we talked to her, the clearer it became this was a legitimate event," Solomons said.
What's scary about this paragraph is that it implies that this investigation could have stopped dead if it weren't clear to them through the interview alone that her report of rape was genuine.
This type of situation has turned against a genuine crime victim until the crime victim because the only suspect because the investigator didn't find the genuine report credible and assumed that the report was a lie. That 13-year-old crime victim's parents refused to let the investigation die. Because of their efforts a mall surveillance video was retrieved and it proved that the girl's report was true.
Surveillance footage from Wal-Mart showed the suspect waiting in the parking lot of the store for up to a half-hour before the victim arrived. "It's almost as if he was looking for a victim," Solomons said.
Almost? Hello?! There is no almost about this.
Because the investigators believed that this woman's rape was a "legitimate event" and then found the surveillance video, David Welker was arrested. To get more results like this investigators need to investigate all allegations whether they come to believe from the interview that there was a "legitimate event" or not.