VALLEJO (CBS13) — The attorneys for a woman believed to have been kidnapped and her boyfriend are ripping the Vallejo Police Department for calling the incident “an orchestrated event.”
Denise Huskins’ attorney Doug Rappaport held a press conference late Wednesday saying his client is was the victim of a crime and that her disappearance wasn’t a hoax.
“She is absolutely, unequivocally, 100%, positively a victim and this is no hoax. This is no laughing matter. She was a victim of a very serious assault. And like a number of women who have been victims of serious physical and emotional assaults, she was initially hesitant and reticent to come forward. But she has fully cooperated with law enforcement with the hope to clear her name,” he said. “She’s distraught. She’s emotionally and physically broken and the fact that she’s been designated as a suspect only hurts her further. But she is a strong individual, she is a caring woman, she is an altruistic woman, she is someone who helps other people with physical disabilities and who are suffering from physical problems and she will get through this.”
Earlier in the day, Aaron Quinn’s attorney Daniel Russo was making the same arguments in a separate press conference.
“There seems to be a stream of blatant lies coming out about our client, about the victim and about what’s been going on,” he said.
The high stakes game of fact or fiction played out on the steps of the Vallejo Police Department as Russo and Amy Morton made the case for their client.
“There has been nothing presented to me or to my partner that in any way justifies them calling it a hoax,” she said.
CBS13 cameras were rolling as a woman who appears to be Denise Huskins covers her face as she leaves the police department after five hours of questioning.
Family continued their defense of Huskins. In a text message the day after his interview with CBS13, her uncle Jeff Kane sent this text message:
“I predict that by tomorrow the police will have changed their tune entirely and maybe even apologize if they have any professionalism whatsoever.”
Russo says the Quinn willingly provided fingerprints, clothes, blood and password access to his electronics, all in an effort to verify Monday’s alleged abduction by two kidnappers for a $8,500 ransom.
“I don’t know what more this person could do to show that he’s innocent. I mean, I guess they could start pulling his teeth next,” he said.