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Tuesday, June 13, 2006

Duke Lacrosse Scandal: Benjamin Himan & Jarriel Johnson Statements

Statement of Investigator Benjamin Himan of his encounter with Crystal Gail Mangum and Jarriel Johnson-

3/21/06 1810 hrs - Victim arrives with driver Jarriel Johnson, Raleigh, NC

Victim was inquiring about getting her property back. I asked her questions trying to follow up on a better description of the suspects. She was unable to remember anything further about the suspects. She stated that Brian Taylor drove her to the party she did have some beer before she came about a 24 oz bottle of beer. She stated she drank the beer at about 10:40 pm

She stated that she was fine and has drank beer before with no problems. She stated that she had not had sex a week prior to the incident and that was with her boyfriend Matthew Murchinson. She stated she had a function at hotel room with a couple male and female she stated she danced for them and used a small vibrator (sex toy).

One week after the alleged assault Ms. Mangum is more interested in recovering her property than identifying her assailants. The property she lost the morning of March 14th:
Property belonging to Crystal Gale Mangum to include but not limited to a purse, wallet, make-up and make-up bag, cellular camera telephone, and a shoe.

United States Currency totaling $400.00 or portions of said currency (all twenty dollar bills).

For want of a shoe the Dukedom was destroyed?

Crystal Gail Mangum's shoe - photo 12:03:57 am -  stolen or lost the night of the Duke lacrosse party

Handwritten Statement of Jarriel Lanier Johnson, Raleigh, NC. The driver for Crystal Gail Mangum

made - 6:37 - 7:50 p.m. April 6, 2006

[statement starts on Friday, March 10, 2006]
I was called by Crystal on March 10, 2006 to drive her to Holiday Inn Express in Wakefield.

I picked her up at her parents house around 1:50 p.m. She said her appointment was a 2 p.m. We arrived at the hotel around 2:20 p.m. After I dropped her off I returned home.

About 2:50 p.m. I left to pick Crystal up at the hotel. After we left the hotel we returned to her parents home. There we stayed for a couple of hours until about 7 p.m. At that time I asked her if we could go to my parents house so I could shower. With my parents being there we decided to come back to Durham.

Once back in Durham we rode around for about half an hour, then we went to Forest Hill Park. We stayed there for about an hour or so. Then Crystal asked me if I would take her to Hillsborough. We got to Platinum around 11 or 12 where she went in and I remained in the car.
Around 2 a.m. I go inside to find her, she asks if we can stay for about another hour. She then asks me if we can stay just one more hour. We leave at 4:30 when the club closes. She then tells me that she has a job at the Millennium Hotel. We get there at 5:15 a.m., where she goes in and I remain in the car. At about 6:15 a.m. she returns and I driver her back to her parent's home. We say good bye and I head back to Raleigh. I arrive at my parents home at 7 a.m. and go to bed.

Around 2 p.m. that afternoon Crystal calls me asking if I could drive her that night. I agree and ask what time, she says around 4 p.m. As I get close to her parents house she calls me and says that Matt [Matthew Murchison, her boyfriend] is coming over to bring her something.

I told her that I would wait until she called me at the the car wash on Fayetteville St. Around 5-5:30 p.m. she calls me and tells me that he's gone. About 5-10 minutes later I arrive at her parent's house.

Her daughter lets me in. I sit there and play with her kids while Crystal is getting ready. Once she is ready we leave and ride around for about half an hour. We then go over to Forest Hills Park and sit and talk.

Around 8 or 9 she asks if we could go to Raleigh to find this guy she met. I say okay. We drive around downtown Raleigh trying to find this guy. We have no luck so we decide to get a hotel room and wait to see if he calls. This is about 9 p.m. or so. We go to get something to at a Chinese place over on Wake Forest Rd. Once we get our food we take it back to the hotel and eat. After eating we get into bed and watch TC. While watching TV we engage in sexual intercourse.
Around 12 a.m. I leave. I tell her to call me in the morning so I could pick her up. At around 11 a.m. Crystal calls me asking me to pick her up.

I arrive at the hotel around 11:30 am. I call Crystal to see where she is and she tells me that she went for a walk. I drive up and down Lane St. trying to find her. She calls me back asking me to meet her at the hotel.

When I arrive she is with an older gentleman that she says wants to see her perform. I go back down and wait in my car until I see the man come out. After I see him leave I go to the room and help Crystal gather her things.

We then head over to my parents house and hang out for about 20 min. I told Crystal that I was going to wash my car and she suggest we go to one of the pay car washes. While there I began to wash my car while she talked on the phone. I then told her that I was taking her home.

On the way to I-540 she told me she needed to use the bathroom and wanted me to pull over. Once I did she got out of the car and started walking down Creedmoor Rd. I pulled my car over and got out to chase her down. She told me to leave her alone. I went back to my car and pulled up in front of her. Once again I pulled over and asked her to get in. She again told me to leave her alone. I went up several yards and waited until she came towards me; again I asked her to get in the car. She then got in.

We went back to my parents house where we talked it out. We sat on the couch for a little while and then went to my bedroom. While there we talked and she knocked over her drink which spilled on my phone. After that it was around 4-4:30 p.m. and I took Crystal back to her parent's house.

Later on that night I noticed that my phone wasn't working properly. I called Crystal and told her that it was mess up. At that time she told me that she had a bachelor party to work that night, and asked if I could drive. I agreed. Later on that night I couldn't get my phone to work and called her to let her know that it's not working and wouldn't be able to take her.

She said that was okay and that Brian would take her. I told her to call me when she got home and she said okay. About 1 a.m. or 1:30 a.m. I received a call from Tammy asking if I was Crystal's driver that night. I told her no and she hung up. I tried calling Crystal for the next couple of days and didn't hear from her until Thursday.
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Looking at my datebook on my cell phone I realized that the dates that I engaged in sexual intercourse with Crystal was off by a week. our last encounter together was the Sunday prior.

update March 11, 2007: The original parsing of the Jarriel Johnson statement into days that TJN did is possibly in error, so they have been removed from the above. Here was where the original breaks were first inserted:

[statement starts on Friday, March 10, 2006]

I was called by Crystal on March 10, 2006 to drive her to Holiday Inn Express in Wakefield.

[Saturday, March 11, 2006]

I picked her up at her parents house around 1:50 p.m. She said her appointment was a 2 p.m. . .

. . .We got to Platinum around 11 or 12 where she went in and I remained in the car.

[Sunday, March 12, 2006]

Around 2 a.m. I go inside to find her, she asks if we can stay for about another hour.

. . . While watching TV we engage in sexual intercourse.

[Monday, March 13, 2006 - Day of the Duke Lacrosse Party]

Around 12 a.m. I leave. I tell her to call me in the morning so I could pick her up. At around 11 a.m. Crystal calls me asking me to pick her up. . .
For a more detailed analysis of the Johnson statement see:
LieStoppers forum:
April 6 Conflicting Statements of CGM & JJ, Descriptions of days before the party
Motion To Suppress Non-Testimonial Photographs [WRAL, Jun. 8, 2006]

Attorneys: At Least 6 Photo Lineups Done In Duke Lacrosse Investigation [WRAL, Jun. 9, 2006]
Duke Lacrosse Rape Timeline [TJN]
Who Robbed Crystal Gail Mangum? [TJN, April 25, 2006]