Erie County (N.Y.) police commissioner John Glascott denied the statements put forth Wednesday by the lawyer for the alleged victim in the ongoing Patrick Kane rape investigation. The lawyer claimed that the police evidence bag containing his client's rape kit was tampered with, a major development that could alter the course of the case.
However, Glascott says, "All evidence related to the case ... is accounted for and remains in its original packaging in the possession of the Erie County Central Police Services." The full statement is below.
Thomas Eonneau said in a press conference held Wednesday afternoon that the evidence bag was ripped open and delivered to the door step of the accuser's mother.
Eoannou: label on tape kit evidence bag contains accuser's name, DOB and initials of ECMC nurse who did exam. It's authentic and ripped open— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 23, 2015
Eoannou: The rape kit evidence bag has been tampered with.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 23, 2015
Eoannou: Normally there is one bag per rape kit. This bag was sealed and ripped open.— Tim Graham (@ByTimGraham) September 23, 2015
This is a picture of the ripped open evidence bag. pic.twitter.com/6JiVpX1f33— Shawn McKenzie (@ShawnMcKenzieSN) September 23, 2015
"This is a case about physical evidence," Eoannou said. "The rape kit evidence bag has been tampered with. That’s why we’re here today." He went on to say that he hopes the anonymous person who delivered the kit was being a "good Samaritan," and that he hopes the person comes forward with what they know.
Eoannou and his client are asking for an independent investigation of what he called a "breach."
Thomas Eoannou "God knows what has happened to the evidence". "We need to bring in the FBI or State Troopers."— Shawn McKenzie (@ShawnMcKenzieSN) September 23, 2015
Earlier this week, the Buffalo News reported that the rape kit had found no evidence of Kane's DNA, but that could be called into question if the tampering is confirmed by authorities.
Kane reported to training camp with the Blackhawks last week and made his preseason debut on Tuesday evening.
This story has been updated.