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Timbers player arrested, questioned about sexual assault, released

Timbers player arrested, questioned about sexual assault, released

PORTLAND, Ore. – A Portland Timbers player was arrested in Kansas City over the weekend questioned about a sexual assault and later released, according to Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte.

KATU is not naming the player because police have not charged him with any crimes.

Police in Kansas City also gave us a report detailing an alleged rape in the same downtown hotel where the player was staying early Sunday morning.

According to the police report, the alleged victim said she was with a friend in a hotel bar early Sunday morning when they met a man and his friends.

At closing time, the woman told her friend she was going back to the man’s hotel room. She told police she was kissing the man and said twice she did not want to have sex, according to the report.

That’s when the woman said all of the sudden the man was on top of her and raped her. She told police she didn’t know what to do and lay still until it was over.

She took a cab home and texted her cousin about what happened. Her cousin took her to a police station to file a report.

The alleged victim told police she didn’t remember anyone being in the room when she first arrived, but when she left, the man’s roommate was sleeping in the bed next to where she was.

Prosecutors are waiting for DNA evidence to be processed before deciding on any charges. That’s expected to take a couple of weeks. Police said investigators are also re-interviewing the woman.

Police confirmed they did not respond to any other calls at the hotel that evening.

We asked the Timbers for an interview but they declined. Instead, they put out a statement that simply said “there are no criminal charges filed against any of our players. The club will not be commenting further at this time.”

The team took a flight back to Portland on Sunday afternoon. The player who was arrested and released returned with the team.

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