Couple to get .5M after police called abduction a hoax

Couple to get .5M after police called abduction a hoax
FILE - In this July 13, 2015 file photo, Denise Huskins, left, and her boyfriend Aaron Quinn listen as their attorneys speak at a news conference in Vallejo, Calif. The couple that police detectives wrongly accused of fabricating the woman's kidnapping from their home has reached a $2.5 million settlement with the city of Vallejo and its police department. (Mike Jory/The Times-Herald via AP, File)

VALLEJO, Calif. (AP) — A couple has reached a .5 million settlement with a Northern California city and its police department after investigators dismissed her bizarre kidnapping as a hoax.

Police in the city of Vallejo initially discounted a report by Denise Huskins and her boyfriend, Aaron Quinn, that a masked intruder drugged them in their home and then kidnapped her in 2015.

The assailant sexually assaulted Huskins and released her two days later outside her family’s home in Southern California. The Associated Press doesn’t normally name victims of sexual assault, but Huskins has frequently spoken publicly about the case in the past.

Police realized the couple were telling the truth after disbarred Harvard University-trained attorney Matthew Muller was implicated in another crime and tied to the abduction. He’s serving a 40-year prison term.

Quinn’s mother, Marianne Quinn, tells the San Francisco Chronicle that the settlement came Thursday.


Information from: San Francisco Chronicle,