Woman alleges assault, police mistreatment

 

A San Martin woman filed a complaint against Morgan Hill Police
because she said they didn’t take her seriously when she reported
being an assault victim. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s
Office declined to file charges against the alleged suspects, but
police are investigating the complaint.
A San Martin woman filed a complaint against Morgan Hill Police because she said they didn’t take her seriously when she reported being an assault victim. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office declined to file charges against the alleged suspects, but police are investigating the complaint.

Debra Davenport, 40, said she met a male acquaintance for consensual sex at the Microtel Inn on Condit Road Feb. 2.

The two checked into a room, and she said at one point during the evening she let the man tie her hands to the bed with a rope. However, while she was bound a woman she has known for 30 years knocked on the hotel room door, and the man let her in. Davenport said the woman taped her mouth closed with duct tape, hit her with her fists, and stabbed her in her breast with a hypodermic needle.

Davenport thinks the woman has a grudge against her due to a previous personal dispute.

She said she “begged” her way out of her restraints, and the suspects left the scene before she called police. Morgan Hill Police arrived at the Microtel Inn to take statements from Davenport and investigate the scene.

Davenport said the officers quickly indicated they didn’t believe her, ridiculed her and repeatedly asked her about her criminal history.

“Morgan Hill is not doing anything to pursue this case,” Davenport said. “It makes no sense that these people can be walking free. I want them to take this serious. I want the next person tied to a bed in a hotel to get help if they need help.”

She said she went to the hospital the day after the incident for treatment for a black eye, rope burns on her wrists and the stab wound.

Davenport was arrested in Morgan Hill in 2008 for trying to cash a forged check, according to Times archives. At that time, she was on probation for passing fake checks. But she said last week that she is “trying to do right.”

Morgan Hill Police Cmdr. Joe Sampson said Davenport’s case is “complex,” and the department is investigating her 10-page, hand-written complaint as an internal affairs matter, as they do in a “standardized process” with all citizens’ complaints against MHPD. He said on the night of the incident, officers spent about three hours investigating the alleged crime scene, searching for the suspects and interviewing Davenport.

“That shows the fact that the officers exercised their due diligence,” he said.

The D.A. declined to file charges against the alleged suspects “after a review of all available facts and evidence,” according to D.A.’s Office spokeswoman Amy Cornell.

Sampson noted that Davenport’s interviews with police were recorded. He said there were “some inconsistencies” in her statements. “It’s not up to us to decide which cases get charged,” he added. “Sometimes people don’t understand the procedures.”

The MHPD receives about a dozen citizen complaints per year.

“We take each one seriously,” Sampson said. All complaints are investigated. It usually takes less than 30 days to complete the internal investigation, the results of which are not public information.

Davenport said her alleged female attacker has contacted her since the incident at the hotel. She said she has been emotionally traumatized by the alleged crime.

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