CHICAGO (CBS) — Police in Patrick Kane’s hometown of Hamburg, New York, confirmed they are investigating an incident that allegedly took place at his house last weekend, but refused to discuss any details of the case.
Speaking publicly for the first time about the case, Hamburg Police Chief Gregory Wickett said the department “is investigating an incident that allegedly occurred at the residence of NHL player Patrick Kane last weekend.”
“At this time, we are gathering information, and awaiting forensic testing results,” he said. “We will have no further comment on this investigation at this time.”
Wickett would neither confirm nor deny that police are investigating an allegation of rape, and would not say if Kane is cooperating.
The CBS affiliate in Buffalo (WIVB-TV) is reporting the investigation concerns a rape allegation made by a Buffalo woman against Kane over the weekend. CBS 2 has not been able in independently confirm the information.
The newspaper, citing sources, later reported that a woman has accused Kane of sexual assault. Law enforcement sources told the paper that the woman went to a hospital and tests using a rape kit were performed.
Kane has not been charged.
Wickett said he could not provide a time frame for when police might provide another update on the case, though he hinted no new information would be coming anytime soon.
“I think you’re wasting your time, quite frankly,” he said when a reporter asked if it was a good use of time to continue staking out the police station for the next few days.
While published reports have stated Kane might turn himself in on Friday, Wickett said “I have no knowledge of him coming in here today.”
Attorney Paul J. Cambria Jr., who represented the NHL star following a 2009 altercation between Kane and a cab driver in Buffalo, said he doesn’t comment on work involving his client.
Details on where and precisely when the alleged assault occurred were not immediately available.
The NHL and the Blackhawks both have said they are aware of the investigation, and are monitoring developments, but would not comment further.
The Blackhawks weren’t made aware of the issue at hand until Wednesday, and were having trouble contacting Kane to get details, 670 The Score’s Dan Bernstein reported Thursday afternoon.