Menlo Park police: Woman recants allegation of rape

Man accused of rape in Menlo Park expected to be released from jail today

Antoine Spruell of Hayward is expected to be released from San Mateo County jail after the woman who accused him of rape on Friday, April 8, recanted her story as of Monday morning, April 11, according to authorities.

The District Attorney's Office will not bring charges against Mr. Spruell, Chief Deputy DA Karen Guidotti said. Prosecutors were reviewing the case when a call came in from Menlo Park police that the accuser had recanted her allegations, Ms. Guidotti said.

Mr. Spruell remains in custody until a judge holds a hearing on the matter. That is scheduled for today (April 12) at 1:30 p.m. in Redwood City.

Detective Steve Knopp of the Menlo Park police received a voice mail from the woman who had made the accusation recanting her allegations, Sgt. Sharon Kaufman said. "She didn't go into a whole lot of detail," Sgt Kaufman said.

"I can't speak for her or her motivations or her allegations," Ms. Kaufman added.

Mr. Spruell had been in San Francisco when he was arrested, Sgt. Kaufman said. The San Francisco police turned the case over to the San Mateo Police Department, which then engaged the Menlo Park police after determining that the alleged incident had reportedly occurred at the Menlo Park end of the Dumbarton Bridge.

Legally, the testimony of the victim herself is sufficient for an arrest to be made, Ms. Guidotti said.


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Posted by Further explanation
a resident of Atherton: other
on Apr 12, 2016 at 12:48 pm

What was the relationship between Spruell and the woman making the allegations? Did they know each other? Lots of unanswered questions here.

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Posted by Srini
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2016 at 3:18 pm

Shouldn't she get to spend an equal amount of time behind bars for making up her BS story? In fact, it should 3 times the length, just like a punitive damage, for scaring the hell out this guy, and slandering his name.

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Posted by Yup
a resident of another community
on Apr 12, 2016 at 9:04 pm

Srini, yes, she should, but the B.S. excuse used by D.A.'s not to is that prosecuting a woman who made up a rape or abuse allegation could scare other women from coming forward to report rape or abuse, since if she can't prove it, she might go to jail.

But common sense dictates otherwise. No one deserves to be falsely accused and have no consequence for falsely accusing someone.

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Posted by resident
a resident of Menlo Park: other
on Apr 12, 2016 at 9:21 pm

Is it true that the DA has declined to prosecute the woman? Or just sloppy reporting about that part of the story?

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