On Friday, the real suspect of the kidnapping and assault of a Northern California woman was now sentenced to 31 years in state prison, according to the prosecutors.
Aaron Quinn and Denise Huskins were at home in 2015 when someone broke in and drugged and blindfolded them before kidnapping Huskins. When Quinn went to the police station to report and asks for help he was accused of making the story up and even told that he was the one who was responsible for Huskins’ disappearance and for possible murder.
Six years after the incident authorities went to apologize to Huskins and Quinn and arrested Matthew Muller for the crime.
According to the ABC report, Muller used a remote-controlled drone to spy on the couple, before he broke into their home in the San Francisco Bay area on March 23, 2015. Muller used a fake gun to terrorize the couple, tied them up, and forced them to drink a liquid that made them fall asleep, according to prosecutors. They were also blindfolded while Muller “played a pre-recorded message that made it seem as if there was more than one kidnapper.”
He put Huskins in the trunk of his car, drove her to his home in South Lake Tahoe, and held her there for two days before driving her nearly 500 miles and releasing her in her hometown of Huntington Beach, near Los Angeles.
And to make the case even more bizarre, it was also reported that Muller “used an anonymous email address to send messages to a San Francisco reporter claiming that Huskins was abducted by a team of elite criminals who were practicing their tactics.”
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After Huskins was released and found alive, the Vallejo police called the kidnapping a hoax and erroneously likened it to the book and movie “Gone Girl,” in which a woman goes missing and then lies about being kidnapped when she reappears.
During Quinn’s interrogation, During detective Mat Mustard said that ”The frogmen obviously didn’t do it, so who did it now, well it’s the guy that I’ve been sitting here talking to tonight. So now I get out my puzzle pieces and I start figuring it out, okay, how do I make it, so you look like a monster.”
Investigators dropped that theory after Muller was arrested by police in Dublin, California, for a similar home invasion. Authorities said they found a cellphone that they traced to Muller and a subsequent search of a car and home turned up evidence, including a computer Muller stole from Quinn, linking the disbarred attorney to the abduction.
Investigators said they found videos of Muller arranging cameras in a bedroom and then recording himself twice sexually assaulting his blindfolded victim.
ABC reported, “Authorities said they found a cellphone that they traced to Muller and a subsequent search of a car and home turned up evidence, including a computer Muller stole from Quinn, linking the disbarred attorney to the abduction.”
The report added, “Investigators said they found videos of Muller arranging cameras in a bedroom and then recording himself twice sexually assaulting his blindfolded victim.”
And now, after six long years of being called liars, police apologize to Quinn and Huskins. The couple told ABC7 that “For so many years we had to stand by silently as the whole world had misinformed conversations and judgments about the worst moment of our life and who we are as people.”