Sep 21, 2015
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A “complete miscommunication” between regional law enforcement agencies resulted in officers taking 45 minutes to respond to the scene of a sexual assault on the Richmond shoreline Friday, a police official said.

The Contra Costa Times broke the news Monday about what it called “an extraordinary amount of time ” for law enforcement to respond to the rape involving a 14-year-old girl.

The attack was reported about 12:50 p.m. at Miller/Knox Regional Park, but officers didn’t arrive until 1:25 p.m., the Times reported.

According to the newspaper, the California Highway Patrol dispatch first received the call, which notified Richmond police, who, per protocol, then notified East Bay Regional Park police. That call chain took about 10 minutes, and after that it took Park police officers another 26 minutes to arrive at the scene. Richmond police Lt. Felix Tan said the department did not immediately dispatch its own officers because it wasn’t informed that Park police officers would be delayed.

Tan told the Times the miscommunication is prompting discussions about improving protocol so that such a delay never happens again.

“We will be working with the administration from both EBRPD and BART to make changes that will provide members of the community with better police response and improved safety,” he said.

After the assault, the victim was transported to a hospital, where an examination found evidence she was sexually assaulted, police said. A 17-year-old boy was arrested Saturday in connection with the case, the Times reported.


About the Author

Mike Aldax is the editor of the Richmond Standard. He has 13 years of journalism experience, most recently as a reporter for the San Francisco Examiner. He previously held roles as reporter and editor at Bay City News, Napa Valley Register, Garden Island Newspaper in Kaua’i, and the Queens Courier in New York City.