Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks star who grew up in South Buffalo, is the target of a rape investigation by Hamburg police for an incident that occurred over the last weekend, two law enforcement sources have told The Buffalo News.
A local woman has accused Kane of a sexual assault, the sources said.
The law enforcement sources said the woman went to a hospital and tests using a rape kit were performed.
Kane, 26, has a home in Hamburg. He has not been charged with any crime.
The News also learned from a law enforcement official that at least one other local police agency has been asked to assist with the investigation, and the other police agency was told the investigation involves an allegation against Kane. The agency was told that Roseanne Johnson, chief of the Erie County District Attorney’s Special Victims Bureau, is the prosecutor assigned to the case.
On Wednesday, both Hamburg Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett and the Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III said they could neither confirm nor deny the existence of the investigation.
Paul J. Cambria Jr., a defense lawyer who represented Kane in the past, declined to comment Thursday. When contacted Wednesday, Cambria said: “I have nothing to say.”
Cambria represented Kane in a 2009 case involving an altercation with a Buffalo cabdriver.
In that case, Kane and his cousin pleaded to disorderly conduct, a noncriminal violation, after the two were accused of assaulting a taxi driver in his cab on the morning of Aug. 9, 2009.
The National Hockey League said Thursday it was aware of the police investigation.
“We are aware of the police investigation and are following developments,” said the NHL’s Frank Brown, group vice president of communications.
The Blackhawks had a similar response: “We are aware of the matter and are in the process of gathering information. It would be inappropriate to comment further at this time.”
Kane is scheduled to bring the Stanley Cup to Buffalo this weekend as part of the Blackhawks’ victory celebration.
The News went to Kane’s Hamburg home Wednesday morning to seek his comment but was denied access by a man at the house who did not identify himself.
A reporter asked the same man working at the home if he could leave a card to speak with Kane but was denied and told to leave the property.
Two sources said Hamburg police officials have forbidden their officers and detectives from publicly discussing the investigation.
“We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of a criminal investigation until such a time as a person is charged with a crime,” said Hamburg Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III used very similar language when asked about an investigation.
“We neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of an investigation until such time as someone has been charged with a crime,” Sedita said.
Wickett denied The News access to the police blotter for the weekend but suggested The News file a Freedom of Information Law request.
The News presented him with two FOI requests, one seeking complaints or reports filed with the department for a specific period of time and the other seeking any complaints or reports involving Kane for that same period of time.
But it may be some time before The News can see whether a complaint was filed. The town has 20 days to accept or reject the request.