Hamburg police are investigating an incident reportedly involving Patrick Kane, the Chicago Blackhawks star, two sources with knowledge of the probe have told The Buffalo News.
** UPDATE: Sources: Kane is target of rape investigation **
Two sources said Hamburg police officials have forbidden their officers and detectives from publicly discussing the investigation.
“We can neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of a criminal investigation until such a time as a person is charged with a crime,” said Hamburg Police Chief Gregory G. Wickett.
Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita III used very similar language when asked about an investigation.
“We neither confirm nor deny the existence or nonexistence of an investigation until such time as someone has been charged with a crime,” Sedita said.
Wickett denied The News access to the police blotter for the weekend but suggested The News file a Freedom of Information Law request.
The News presented him with two FOI requests, one seeking complaints or reports filed with the department for a specific period of time and the other seeking any complaints or reports involving Kane for that same period of time.
But it may be some time before The News can see whether a complaint was filed. The town has 20 days to accept or reject the request.
The Sun of Hamburg, however, routinely reports police blotter items from the Hamburg Police Department.
No charges have been filed in connection with the investigation and it is not known whether police have questioned the 26-year-old hockey player.
The News went to Kane’s Hamburg home Wednesday morning to seek his comment but was denied access by a man at the house who did not identify himself.
A reporter asked the same man working at the home if he could leave a card to speak with Kane but was denied and told to leave the property.
Paul J. Cambria Jr., a lawyer who has represented Kane in the past, would neither confirm nor deny any aspect of the situation. “I have nothing to say,” Cambria told a News reporter.
Cambria represented Kane in a 2009 case involving an altercation with a Buffalo cabdriver.
In that case, Kane and his cousin pleaded to disorderly conduct, a noncriminal violation, after the two were accused of assaulting a taxi driver in his cab on the morning of Aug. 9, 2009.