Morning Poll: Are You Buyin' Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman's Son's "A" Mountain Assault Story?
Something about Tempe Mayor Hugh Hallman's son's story about getting assaulted while on "A" Mountain Wednesday night doesn't add up.
We're not necessarily saying he wasn't assaulted, but the story doesn't make a whole lot of sense.
According to the Tempe Police Department, Eli Hallman, 18, was on "A" Mountain about 2 a.m. when he was assaulted by three men.
Tempe police investigated the area and found no evidence of an assault, no crime scene, no suspects, and no witnesses. And now Eli Hallman says he does not desire prosecution in the case.
Not to mention, the person who called police reported that he'd fallen while rock climbing.
We asked Tempe Sergeant Steve Carbajal if there's a chance Hallman is making up the story about the assault.
"We can't say that right now," he tells New Times. "He has injuries and alleges an assault, so we can't discredit that."
We sent Mayor Hallman an email last night asking for some clarification. It was late, and he didn't immediately get back to us. However, he's told other media outlets that his son's memory was a bit shaky because of his injuries. In other words, Eli may not be lying about the assault, he might just not remember exactly what happened.
In any event, we want to know what you think: are you buyin' Eli Hallman's story about the "A" Mountain assault?
Cast your vote below.
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