Baseball bat robber claims to be rape victim
November 9, 2012
A San Luis Obispo woman suspected of burglarizing a townhouse Sunday and beating residents with a baseball bat claims to have actually been raped at the residence she is accused of robbing [KCOY].
The family of 32-year-old Sandra Lee Welsh told KCOY that police ignored her allegation of rape and denied her a rape kit.
“They raped her and beat her up and when police came, they are claiming that she was stealing from them, which is a false accusation,” Welsh’s sister Carrie Welsh said to KCOY.
Welsh’s grandmother Ellen Hickey said that Welsh had the appearance of a rape victim.
“She has stuff all over her body,” Hickey said. “She didn’t even bathe because she had things all over her body.”
San Luis Obispo Police say they began a rape investigation as soon as they received word of the rape allegation from the county jail.
But, alleged robbery victim Reed Anderson said Welsh broke into his home and attacked him as well as a roommate with a baseball bat.
“I have never met her,” Anderson said. “I had no idea who she was.”
Police investigators who arrived at the scene said they found Welsh in possession of items from previous burglaries including several electronics she had stolen from Sierra Vista Regional Medical Center, where she received treatment early Sunday morning.
Hospital staff discharged Welsh around 5 a.m. but found her hiding in a bathroom a few hours later. Welsh allegedly took a television set, a DVD player and several children’s videos from the hospital.
Police charged Welsh with robbery, burglary and assault with a deadly weapon and booked in San Luis Obispo County Jail on $30,000 bail.