POSTED: Thursday, November 4, 2010 - 6:22pm
UPDATED: Sunday, November 14, 2010 - 10:12pm
For the alleged victim in this case, it was supposed to be a fun, safe, Halloween one year ago. But she says her trust was betrayed in the worst of ways.
The woman we spoke with says she went out with some co-workers for a few drinks. She says when a police officer, who was also a part-owner of the business where she worked, decided to tag along, she didn't think she'd be in danger at all.
Tonight, after moving away from El Paso out of fear, she's opening up for the first time about what she says really happened.
"He should be a trustworthy person, he's a police officer, and instead he totally took advantage of me," said the woman. Though it's difficult, this woman is ready to tell her side of the story. She asked that we not reveal her identity, so for the purposes of our story, we will call her Anne.
"He said multiple times, 'I'm your boss, I'm going to take care of you, I'm going to take care of you,'" Anne said.
Last Halloween night after working at El Paso Comic Strip, Anne and some coworkers went out for drinks. She says Mark Munoz, a co-owner of the Comic Strip and an El Paso police officer, tagged along and began buying all of Anne's drinks.
"I was very uncomfortable and I even told some of the employees, like, ahh, save me."
Within about an hour, Anne says she felt very sick, like she had consumed something other than alcohol.
"The next thing I know I'm sort of on the brink of blacking out."
That's when Anne says Munoz led her to her car, away from the group, and took her cell phone and GPS system.
"I kept asking for my cell phone so I could call somebody to come pick me up because I felt really weird."
Anne says Munoz, who had also been drinking, forced himself into the driver's seat of her car. She blacked out, and when she woke up, Anne says Munoz was touching her inappropriately.
"I said no, and it hurt, and I tried to turn away, but I couldn't really move."
But Anne says after she asked him to stop, he didn't.
"He said, be a good girl, be a good girl," Anne said. "He kept touching me so all I could do was close my eyes and try not to feel anything."
The next person to see Anne was her roommate around six in the morning, almost seven hours after Anne says Munoz led her away from her coworkers. She doesn't know where she had been taken during that time. But Anne's roommate said Munoz tried to follow her inside.
"She says she heard some strange man banging on the door, like let me in, let me in."
When Anne went to file a police report, she says she didn't get the reaction she thought she would.
"I said his name and he was like, 'Oh yea, I know him, I didn't work with him directly but I had a friend who worked with him. He's a nice guy.'"
She also says many coworkers advised her not to tell anyone because he's a cop.
"I felt like I didn't have anyone on my side."
Anne says investigators found vomit in her car and urine on her dress but not on her underwear. She still doesn't know if any DNA testing was done to see who it belonged to. They also found an ice cream cone wrapper in her car.
"Maybe after he assaulted me and I was passed out in my car, he must've stopped to get an ice cream cone or something."
And that's not all they found.
"Pill capsules that looked like they had been thrown up, and they asked me if I had ever been to Mexico to buy prescriptions."
Anne says she was not given a toxicology test to see if she was drugged. A rape kit was administered, but she doesn't know the results. Now, over a year later, Anne says she's almost given up on the investigation.
"It's shocking and it's sort of discouraging," she said. "It's depressing and it's discouraging."