Missoula woman reports sexual assault in Blue Mountain Road area

2012-10-26T07:00:00Z 2012-10-31T12:37:08Z Missoula woman reports sexual assault in Blue Mountain Road areaBy GWEN FLORIO of the Missoulian missoulian.com
October 26, 2012 7:00 am  • 

The Missoula County Sheriff’s Office is seeking information on a man in connection with an alleged sexual assault, possibly along Blue Mountain Road.

Missoula County Sheriff’s Detective Jason Johnson said a 27-year-old woman reported that after she left Boomer’s bar “very intoxicated” on Tuesday night, a man approached her and offered her a ride home.

But instead, he stopped at a parking area and started making sexual advances, the woman told authorities. The woman told him no and also said she had a boyfriend – whereupon he “became angry, opened the door, shoved her out the door … and kicked her in the stomach,” Johnson said.

The woman told authorities she wasn’t sure where she was, but that there were trees and a trail, and she could hear a river, Johnson said. The woman reported that she was lost in the woods for a while, and that “an unknown Samaritan” picked her up at about 4 a.m. and gave her a ride to her boyfriend’s house, he said. That person told the woman she was on Blue Mountain Road, he said.

The woman was treated at the First Step clinic, where an exam showed a bruise on her upper thigh “similar to four fingers,” Johnson said. The woman told police the man grabbed her leg. She also had a small injury on her left hand and redness on both knees, he said.

The woman described her alleged assailant as about 5 feet, 11 inches tall, in his mid-20s and “chunky.” She thought his name might have been Paul, Johnson said.

A law enforcement review of surveillance tapes from Boomer’s showed the woman getting up from her seat, stumbling, and leaving through the casino at about 11:40 p.m. One minute later, a man got up and left through the front door and, once outside, turn toward the casino, Johnson said.

Deputies also are reviewing credit and debit card receipts from Boomer’s, he said.

Missoulian reporter Gwen Florio can be reached at 523-5240, gwen.florio@missoulian.com or @CopsAndCourts.

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  1. JaneDough
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    JaneDough - October 30, 2012 8:52 am
    Yes, she did do something wrong.
    1) Got so drunk in a bar she was stumbling (the bartender should have cut her off before that point)
    2) Went outside. It is illegal to be drunk in public
    3) Got into a car with a STRANGER. Had she gotten into a car behind the wheel, she would be responsbile for a DUI, ergo, she should be responsible for making a different, yet equally stupid choice.
    4) She did not call for a ride home from someone she trusted, or a cab, or Ucallus.

    Lets imagine for a minute the moron she got into the car with was drunk, or at the very least buzzed, which is highly likely. He is responsible for his actions, why should she not be responsible for hers? Oh..that's right. Because she's female.
  2. F Moh
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    F Moh - October 29, 2012 12:01 pm
    This is not a "sexual assault" - it is an "assault". The guy needs to be found and punished either way - but I wish the Missulian would stop trying to paint our city as "rape town, USA".

    Let's recap: The guy tried to have sex with her (nothing wrong with that). She said "no" and he stopped (still nothing wrong). He pushed her out of the car by kicking her in the stomach - ok....now we have a crime: Assault. Not sexual assualt.

    Finally - all you folks trying to say this poor woman should somehow be responsible for this should be ashamed of yourselves. She did nothing wrong. She is the victim here.
  3. dawnie_db
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    dawnie_db - October 27, 2012 9:50 am
    Most of the comments below are appalling.

    At what point in this article does it even remotely indicate she's NOT taking responsibility for her own actions? She's doing just as ANY person should do who was thrown out of a car and kicked in the stomach after refusing sex with a stranger!

    Do you think she should have refrained from reporting it to the police?

    Do you think she should have refrained from going to FirstStep if she was too drunk to truly recall what happened?

    Do you think that just because she has been drinking it negates the need to report an assault, physical or otherwise??

    The double-standard argument is absolutely irrelevant. She did something stupid, but HE did something illegal. Stop blaming the victim!
  4. greatdane
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    greatdane - October 26, 2012 6:06 pm
    Yeah! And the guy had moobs, too!
  5. AARGH
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    AARGH - October 26, 2012 10:36 am
    i agree with Jane, where was she going when she was intoxicated? If she was going to her car, this creep, may have unintentionally save her life or someone elses. Sort of a sick irony.
  6. DubAWise
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    DubAWise - October 26, 2012 9:00 am
    Stop getting drunk and getting into cars with strangers!
  7. JaneDough
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    JaneDough - October 26, 2012 7:54 am
    From the sounds of it, the guy is a creep. But, according to her own completely unreliable accounts, when she said no, he obliged.

    I am so tired of women putting themselves into the victim role. If she got into a car and drove, SHE would be responsbile for the DUI. How come when she gets into a car with a STRANGER, all the sudden she's not responsible for her own actions anymore?

    Why is it a woman is not responsible for her behavior when she's drunk, but a man is completely responsible when he's drunk? It's a horrible double standard. And don't go all screaming that I'm saying she deserves it. Nobody deserves to be treated like that. But she decided to get smashed at that bar.
  8. Roger
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    Roger - October 26, 2012 5:18 am
    How many men in Missoula are raped each year after getting drunk in a bar and accepting a ride from a stranger? Virtually none, I'd venture to guess.
  9. eyeROAR
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    eyeROAR - October 25, 2012 6:08 pm
    That's sad. Glad she's ok. Yes, it does appear to be bad judgment to get into a strangers car of course. But let's not judge. Roger, men, need to be more responsible than that also. Either sex can be assaulted/robbed/raped. More and more people are getting the hang of calling "U call us". Also sad, is that she apparently didn't have a wing-man.(/woman) Making sure she was ok.
  10. Roger
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    Roger - October 25, 2012 2:37 pm
    Real smart - get drunk at a bar and then accept a ride from a stranger. I hope they catch the guy too, but women should be more responsible than this.
  11. huckleberryhaven
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    huckleberryhaven - October 25, 2012 1:41 pm
    I hope they catch the guy and put a stop to his assualts. My main concern however is... why is a 27 yr old woman getting into a car with a man she doesn't even know to get a ride home from Boomers...all the way to (possibly) Blue Mountain?? Why didn't she call someone, like her boyfriend, or a family/friend and tell this 'stranger' NO ?? Seems very odd.
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