'I want to help those who have been through what I've been through'
The Sacramento Police Department is investigating the alleged gang rape of a Tahoe Park man with developmental disabilities.
The alleged victim, Steven Greyeyes-Clouse, said he was filling in an adult coloring book at Tahoe Park on Friday afternoon when four men approached and exposed themselves to him. Greyeyes-Clouse said he tried to get away by fleeing into the bathroom, but an older man followed him in and threatened him with a knife. All five men then joined in and forced themselves on him, choking and beating him until he blacked out, Greyeyes-Clouse said. He said his alleged assailants also mocked him for being disabled while attacking him.
The Bee generally does not name victims of sexual assault. In this case, the alleged victim said he wants to speak out to ensure his assailants are caught. Greyeyes-Clouse, 29, told his story on Facebook and the social media platform Nextdoor, where his account has generated more than 100 responses since it was posted a day ago. He said the online support helps strengthen his resolve to speak out.
Greyeyes-Clouse said he is autistic and has cerebral palsy. He said he lives with his husband not far from the park.
He was taken to an area hospital, where he underwent a rape kit test, he said. A police investigation into the attack is in the early stages, said Sacramento police Sgt. Bryce Heinlein. A report has been taken, but it has yet to be assigned to a detective, Heinlein said.
“There are very sensitive cases for me to speak on. I can tell you a report was filed and an investigation is underway.” Heinlein said.
Greyeyes-Clouse said the alleged assailants might live in the area. Prior to going into the bathroom, one of the men, whom Greyeyes-Clouse described as a Hispanic man in his 50s, said he knew him from the area. Greyeyes-Clouse said he suffered a concussion in the attack.
“I’m doing this so nobody else gets hurt by these same guys,” Greyeyes-Clouse said. “I want to help those who are in need who have been through what I’ve been through.”