The Louisville Metro Police Department closed hundreds of rape investigations in three years. Officers identified the suspects, knew where to find them and had probable cause to arrest them. But in a majority of these closed cases, LMPD officers made no arrests. The officers determined that arrests were just not possible in 51 percent of all 2014-16 rape cases. The agency marked the cases “cleared by exception,” a status intended for exceptional situations, and closed the case.
The chase crossed into a different county and passed through busy intersections, down largely rural highways and neighborhood roads. It covered more than 20 miles in about 17 minutes. Two teenagers were killed.
Before Hector Fonseca was accused of sexual harassment at work — a claim that an internal investigation did not substantiate — judges had twice issued protective orders against him for domestic violence allegations.