Police: arrests imminent in rape case
By GREG STAHL
Express Staff Writer
Three suspects have been identified, but
not charged, for their alleged involvement in the Aug. 25 rape of a Hailey
Hailey police conducted one police lineup
and are planning more this week, said Hailey Police Chief Brian McNary. Arrests
are pending the results of the lineups, along with results from forensics tests.
A Hailey woman told police last week that
she was abducted on River Street in Hailey and raped by three men in the bed of
a pickup truck near the old Ironwood Racquet Club in Woodside.
The woman was driven by her assailants to
an area adjacent to the city limits near the old Ironwood, McNary said. The
woman told police she was driven in a late model green or black pickup truck
with a rack and tool box in the bed.
On Tuesday, the day after the rape was
reported, a local man purchased a pickup truck matching the description and was
afraid to register the vehicle when he heard radio reports of the incident,
The man’s employer called the Hailey
Police Department, and the truck checked out as the suspected vehicle, McNary
said. The man who sold the truck was identified, and samples were taken from the
vehicle for lab tests.
McNary said the police investigation
should be wrapped up this week, but lab results could take longer to procure.
The rape was reported to Hailey police at
approximately 4 a.m. on Aug. 25. The victim, who had been dropped off near the
post office in Hailey at around 3:30 a.m., was taken to St. Luke’s Wood River
Regional Medical Center for treatment and was released.
Though rape is not often in the public eye
in the Wood River Valley, it is more common here than some may think, according
to Brooke Bonner, client services manager for The Advocates, a local nonprofit
organization that works with domestic violence and sexual assault victims.
"During the last fiscal year, The
Advocates served almost 40 women and children who were victims of rape and
sexual assault," she said.
That jives with national statistics
indicating that many sexual assaults go unreported to law enforcement agencies.
According to The Sex Offender, a book
penned by Bart Devlin, approximately 25 cases of sexual exploitation go
unreported for every one case that is recorded with police.
"The Advocates strongly believe that
society should be a safe place for women in which we enjoy the same freedoms and
safety as men, where we shouldn’t have to be afraid to walk home alone or go
running after dark," Bonner said.
"However, as this is an important goal,
the fact is that the world is still unsafe in many ways. While sexual assault is
never the fault of the victim, there are things that we can do to increase our
Bonner said one of the best things women
can do is to trust their instincts. In addition, men and women need to watch out
for one another.
"Speak up when you hear or see something
inappropriate and let people know we want to build the kind of community in
which violent behavior is unacceptable," she said.