Police report details sexual assault allegation against Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed

Woman tells police she believes Evan Reed sexually assaulted her 2 days before Opening Day

DETROIT – While the investigation continues, a police report may help shed some light on the sexual assault accusation against Detroit Tigers pitcher Evan Reed.

According to the report made to the Detroit Police Sex Crimes unit, the 45-year-old woman making the accusation went to the 5th Avenue Bar in Royal Oak about 10 p.m. Saturday, March 29 to meet up with friends. She tells investigators that a man named Evan approached her at the bar. They danced and had some drinks.

She does not remember leaving 5th Avenue at all, she told police. She woke up hours later early Sunday morning, March 30 in a bed with the man -- both were not clothed -- inside a room at the MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.

The woman told police she saw evidence on the bed sheets that she had been assaulted. She jumped into the shower and said that's when the man named Evan engaged in forced sexual contact with her.

She said the man then told her to leave. She left the hotel, got into a cab, went home and passed out again, she told police.

When she woke up she went to St. Joseph's Hospital. The police report indicates the woman was transported to a sexual assault exam facility in Royal Oak where a rape kit was completed. She called her ex-husband to tell him what had happened and she said he told her "you've been raped." She went to police on April 2.

The woman told police that she was able to figure out that the man who went by the name Evan is a member of the Tigers. She told police she identified the man as 28-year-old Evan Reed after looking him up on the Tigers website, and that he was the man she was with the night of the alleged sexual assault. It was just two days before Opening Day at Comerica Park.

Reed has not been charged as the investigation continues. He is with the Tigers in Los Angeles for a west coast road trip. Their next game is Friday night in San Diego. He isn't due back in Detroit until late Sunday or early Monday.

Police say they plan to interview him when he returns to Detroit.

Police are investigating this case as third degree criminal sexual conduct, a 15-year felony.

The police report does not indicate why the woman waited until April 2 to report the alleged assault. The woman told police that on Monday, April 1 she received a text message that, she says, was from Reed's phone.

Detroit Tigers relief pitcher Evan Reed throws during the seventh inning of a baseball game against the Baltimore Orioles in Detroit, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

Evan Reed pitching for the Tigers during the seventh inning of a game against the Baltimore Orioles in Detroit, Saturday, April 5, 2014.

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