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Monday, November 15, 2010

Police Report: SLU Basketball Players Plotted "Pulling a Train" on Victim

Posted By on Mon, Nov 15, 2010 at 5:07 PM

Kwamain Mitchell and Willie Reed - IMAGE VIA
The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department has closed an investigation into possible sexual assault involving four players from the Saint Louis University basketball team -- declaring the case inactive without recommending that charges be filed against any of the men involved.

Riverfront Times obtained a redacted copy of the full police report via a Sunshine request today. The report is the first time that police have released details about the case, which led to star basketball players Kwamain Mitchell and Willie Reed being suspended from SLU earlier this year.

The document, available below as a .pdf, contains graphic details about the sexual acts that took place during the alleged assault. It also contains the police's summary of testimony from all parties involved, including a police officer's assertion that one of the players admitted that he and his teammates discussed "pulling a train on" their accuser "without her knowledge or consent" -- suggesting that at least some of the players plotted to take turns having sex with the woman while walking home with her from the bar that night.

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The documents, though heavily redacted, mostly corroborate an account of the night's events given by Willie Reed, published last month on Daily RFT.

The narrative begins at 4:15 on the morning of Saturday, May 1. Police detectives arrived at St. Mary's Hospital, where the alleged victim -- whose name is being withheld by Daily RFT -- had been transported by ambulance from the SLU Campus. The ambulance driver said he was parked on the 3400 block of Laclede when he saw a woman walking and crying.

"She was crying and appeared to be distressed," the report says. "Her make-up was smeared and her clothing was in disarray. The victim admitted that she was missing her underwear as she could not find them when she dressed herself."

The woman then told police that she was raped by three men -- all of whom she knew by first and last names -- at the Grand Forest Apartments, a student dorm on the 3400 block of Laclede.

"The victim stated that [name redacted] had sexually assaulted her and that JJ (later identified as Justin Jordan) had attempted to have sex with her," the report says. "The victim added that [redacted] prevented JJ from having sex with her and helped her get dressed and ushered her out of the apartment."

The woman told police that she and a friend had attended an off-campus party around 11 p.m., where she drank "two alcoholic drinks consisting of vodka, Sprite and Gatorade," then headed to the Laclede Street Bar and Grill, drank two vodka-orange juice cocktails and got separated from her friend on the dance floor. When the bar closed at 3 a.m., she stepped out onto the sidewalk and recognized one of the basketball players. According to Reed, that player was Kwamain Mitchell.

"The victim had met [redacted] the previous weekend and had previously exchanged several text messages with him," the report says. "The victim clarified that the texts were not sexual in nature, but just casual conversation."

Two more SLU players and Justin Jordan, whose name is not redacted in the police report, joined the couple along with "two unidentified white females" and started walking home. When they arrived at the Grand Forest Apartments, Mitchell asked the woman if she wanted to come upstairs to Jordan's apartment. She told police that she "did not wish to go home at that time" and agreed to come upstairs.

Once inside, as Reed had previously told Daily RFT, the woman and Mitchell immediately headed to the bedroom.

"The victim admitted that she was attracted to [redacted] and willingly went into the bedroom with him," the report states. "Both lied down on the bed and began to mutually kiss each other. The suspect touched her breasts and rubbed on her vaginal region over the clothing. The victim willingly consented to these acts.

"At some point," the report continues, "[Redacted] started to remove the victim's pants and underwear. The victim objected to this action by telling the suspect that she wanted to 'stop' and that she 'wanted to leave.'"

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