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Woman who reported being raped at Bowling Green bar recants story

The woman called reported she had been raped by a man at Tubby's Tavern on Jan. 29. BG police have now closed the investigation.
Credit: WTOL 11

BOWLING GREEN, Ohio — An investigation into an alleged rape at a Bowling Green bar is now closed after the woman who reported it recanted her statements.

Bowling Green police said Wednesday the investigation into the alleged Jan. 29 incident is now closed. Police said the woman recanted following additional investigation and gathering of evidence.

Bowling Green police were called at 1:35 a.m. on Jan. 29 after the 20-year-old woman reported she had been raped by a man at Tubby's Tavern. According to a police report, the victim was "hyperventilating" upon officers' arrival.

She told police she was at the bar when an unknown male approached her from behind and pushed her against the bar.

The woman told police the man pulled down her pants and underwear. The woman told the man "no" and pulled her pants back up, she told police.

According to the victim's statement, the man said, "Don't be a bitch," and again pulled down her pants and underwear. He then penetrated her.

The woman was able to run to a nearby bar to call for help.

The woman told police her alleged attacker was an "older, bald male," who was about 40 years old and had a mustache. She also said the man was about 6 feet tall and 300 pounds.

The victim was taken to the hospital by police.

Multiple patrons at Tubby's said the man was trying to sexually assault women in the bathroom earlier that night, according to witness statements from two other women who were at the bar.

Another officer attempted to locate the man. As of Monday, no arrests have been made.

WTOL 11 does not name victims of rape, sexual assault or domestic violence unless they come forward.

If you or someone you know is a victim of sexual violence and in need of assistance, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800-656-HOPE.



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