Denise Huskins was staying at her boyfriend Aaron Quinn’s house in Vallejo, California when a masked man broke into the house. Huskins says she was tied up, drugged, abducted and sexually assaulted. The perpetrator used Quinn’s car while Quinn was tied up. Two days later Huskins was found alive. When she told her story to the police, the police didn’t believe her. During a televised press conference, the police called the kidnapping a hoax.
Since then, the Vallejo police department has apologized to Huskins and Quinn (the couple is filing a lawsuit against the City for having initially dismissed their case as a hoax). The police were able to connect Huskins’ abduction with Harvard Law grad Matthew Muller who pleaded guilty to a similar home invasion months prior in Dublin, California. Muller pleaded no contest to charges of battery, robbery and assault in that case but he is pleading not guilty to the Huskins charges. During an interview with KPIX, Muller appears to have admitted to the kidnapping of Huskins and that he is severely mentally ill. He also said that he was “relieved to be in jail.” Dateline NBC will air its investigation on October 9, 9pm.