Jameis Winston Accuser, This is getting ugly. Yesterday, a Tallahassee Democrat report indicated that the sexual battery case involving Jameis Winston became “inactive” because the complainant told cops she didn’t want to pursue the case. But today, in a statement released by its attorney to Tampa Bay Times reporter Matt Baker, the woman’s family fired back, alleging that a Tallahassee detective warned the woman the city is “a big football town” and that “she would be raked over the coals” and her “life will be made miserable” if she were to press charges.
The family’s statement also accuses the Tallahassee PD of misrepresenting to the media that the woman was intoxicated when blood tests showed otherwise. But the family aims its harshest criticism squarely at a Tallahassee PD detective named Scott Angulo. They say Angulo refused to collect Winston’s DNA or to interview Winston’s roommate, whom they say witnessed the attack. The family then provides what it says is the reason:
Detective Angulo stated that such activity would alert Winston and the matter could go public.
The incident occurred last December but had remained unknown to the public until the Tallahassee PD released a heavily redacted police report last week and turned the case over to the state attorney’s office, the law enforcement body that, in Florida, must determine whether any charges will be filed. By January, the accuser had told family members that Winston was the perpetrator. It was then that “the family grew concerned that she would be targeted on campus.”
After the family got an attorney to work with law enforcement, the attorney reached out to Angulo. More from the family’s statement:
When the attorney contacted Detective Angulo immediately after Winston was identified, Detective Angulo told the attorney that Tallahassee was a big football town and the victim needs to think long and hard before proceeding against him because she will be raked over the coals and her life will be made miserable.