Intruders apparently wanted incident noticed

EAGLE, Colo. -- The home of the alleged victim in the Kobe Bryant sexual assault case was broken into late last week, sources told the Vail Daily for Friday's editions.

According to the paper, a person or persons entered the house, but didn't take anything and were not disruptive. The sources did say that the intruders appeared to want the victim and her family to know they had been there, as several items were moved and the family's dogs were found locked in a bathroom.

The police report was made part of the sealed investigation file and is not available to the public, according to the paper. Acting Eagle Police Chief Gary Ward declined to answer whether the alleged victim's house was receiving additional security from his force.

The apparent break-in is the latest in a growing list of attempts to threaten and intimidate the victim, witnesses and others associated with the case, through the mail and by telephone calls.

On Friday, U.S. Attorney John W. Suthers and FBI special agent Phillip B.J. Reid announced the indictment and arrest of John William Roche of Iowa City, Iowa, on suspicion of making a threatening telephone call across state lines. Roche reportedly threatened to kill or injure the alleged victim. He was arrested Thursday without incident at his home.

Over the course of the five weeks since Eagle County district attorney Mark Hurlbert announced his decision to charge Bryant with felony sexual assault, the FBI has investigated a number of letters and phone calls received by his office and other Eagle County residents and authorities.

Bryant was arraigned on Aug. 6, and waived advisement of his rights and charges. He is scheduled to be back in Eagle County Court Oct. 9 for a preliminary hearing. At that time, Judge Frederick Gannett will decide whether there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.