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.