Suspect in rape case is released from custody |

Suspect in rape case is released from custody

A suspect in a Grass Valley rape allegation has been released from the county jail because the Nevada County district attorney’s office did not file charges against him within 48 hours.

Alexander C. Napier, 21, of Nevada County, was released from the Wayne Brown Correctional Facility on Friday, according to District Attorney Cliff Newell. The DA said an investigation into the alleged rape of an unconscious woman Aug. 16 will continue, but he would not say if there will be any further actions taken against Napier.

“We have to be sure we have a rock-solid case – especially when it’s a sex crime – before we drag somebody into court on that kind of a charge,” Newell said Sunday.

Napier was arrested after a month-long investigation and search for him by the Grass Valley Police Department.

An anonymous tip led officers to a residence on Second Street, where Napier was arrested Wednesday on suspicion of rape with an unconscious person and booked into the jail on that charge. He was freed late Friday after no charges were filed.

Capt. Rex Marks said last week that Grass Valley police might have trouble prosecuting the case because it would be a difficult accusation for an unconscious person to prove. Marks said physical evidence from the alleged victim and witness statements led to Napier’s arrest.

To contact Senior Staff Writer Dave Moller, e-mail or call 477-4237.

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