Former Ukiah Police Department Sergeant Kevin Murray has found himself once again at the wrong end of the law. Yesterday, February 10, 2022, Murray was cited for his alleged role in the theft of a woman’s wallet from a Lakeport grocery store while out on bail for multiple felonies in Mendocino.
According to Lakeport Police Department Chief Brad Rasmussen, on the afternoon of November 30, 2021, Murray came into the Lakeport Police Department and turned in a wallet he reportedly found at a grocery store.
Approximately one hour later, LPD received a report that a separate grocery store’s surveillance system had captured footage of a man grabbing a woman’s wallet off a store shelf after she accidentally left it there.
Chief Rasmussen said his officers responded to the scene, reviewed surveillance footage provided by the business, and found that the man seen on video grabbing the wallet was the very same man that had entered Lakeport Police Department earlier that afternoon claiming to have found a wallet and felt the need to turn it into authorities.
Investigating officers provided the woman the wallet that had been turned in and determined three items were taken from within: a pair of earrings, $16, and a singular 9mm bullet.
Murray’s rapsheet is extensive and infamous for charges ranging from possession of methamphetamine, forced oral copulation, and rape.
He currently awaits trial for multiple criminal complaints. One complaint is the result of a 2014 incident in which Murray is alleged to have raped a woman referred to as “Jane Doe” forcing oral copulation while in possession of a firearm.
Another criminal complaint filed against Murray by the Mendocino County District attorney accuses Murray of an incident where he forced the woman, in that case, to touch his “penis against her will, for the purpose of sexual arousal, sexual gratification, or sexual abuse.” Within that criminal complaint, Murray is also accused of burglary, possession of methamphetamine, and violation of civil rights from excessive use of force.
Murray and his actions are the primary focus of a civil suit filed against the Ukiah Police Department and the City of Ukiah by a former female UPD officer. Murray allegedly sexually assaulted her and after reporting it to her superiors, this former UPD officer purportedly faced a work culture of discrimination and retaliation.
Murray is also the focus of a 2018 civil suit filed and won by Ukiah resident Christopher Rasku. The suit stated Murray entered Rasku’s home unlawfully, knocking him unconscious, and proceeded to punch and kick him, causing broken ribs, a punctured lung, and nerve damage. The lawsuit resulted in a significant payout for Rasku.
On January 29, 2021, Chief Justin Wyatt announced to the public Kevin Murray was “no longer employed with the Ukiah Police Department” and asserted the department “reached out to the District Attorney immediately and asked for a criminal investigation into Murray’s conduct the evening of November 25, 2020.” During this statement, Chief Wyatt stated Murray’s actions “in no way reflects the standards of the city of Ukiah or the Ukiah Police Department.”
As per a document filed by the Deputy District Attorney Heidi C. Larson, Mendocino County is actively petitioning to revoke Murray’s bail having “received a crime report from Lakeport Police Department”
The criminal trial against Kevin Murray and his litany of charges is scheduled for March 14, 2022.
With due respect to the victims of the circumstances described, it must be stated that the charges Murray stands accused of have not been proven in a court of law. In accordance with the legal principle of the presumption of innocence, any individual described should be presumed innocent until proven guilty.
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