In his February 2002 statement to the inspector general, Reyes purported to have exclusive knowledge that the Central Park jogger had worn a Walkman on the night of her attack. Reyes said he stole the Walkman, and only he knew about it, thereby helping to establish that he was the sole attacker. This was the first time that anyone had reason to focus on the existence of a Walkman. In the course of our review, we uncovered notes from New York City Police Department Detective August Jonza that documented the fact that Kharey Wise knew about the Walkman on April 19, 1989.
When the Central Park jogger was found, there was no Walkman on her body. With the victim in a coma (she subsequently had no memory of the attack or events leading up to it), detectives had no way of knowing she had the Walkman on her at the time of the attack. Although it was her custom to wear a Walkman when jogging, the victim had no memory of whether she did so on that night. When she was informed in 2002 that Reyes had said that he took her Walkman, she told detectives that she owned two Walkmen and one was missing.
Kharey Wise was questioned at 4:50 AM on April 21, 1989 by Detective Jonza, whose notes list what Wise told him regarding "persons present when girl raped." (Exhibit E.) Included on the list is the reference "Rudy - played with tits/took walkman." At the bottom of the page, it is noted, "female had pouch for Walkman on her belt." Wise's description of the walkman "pouch" is, therefore, similar to Reyes's description of a "fanny pack." At the time of this interview, neither Detective Jonza, nor anyone else investigating the events of the evening, had any way of knowing that the jogger had a Walkman, or a pouch. One would have had to encounter the jogger to have that information, a point that has been emphasized by some who have claimed that only Reyes did so. The name "Rudy" was never linked to anyone, and Wise's reference to the name could represent confusion on his part, or his understanding of the name by which Reyes introduced himself. In any event, whatever else Wise may or may not have known, the important fact is that he knew the jogger had a Walkman, and a "pouch" to put it in.
Kharey Wise was wrong on that point as the DA's later investigation and report, noted: THE JOGGER DID NOT HAVE A WALKMAN AS SHE HERSELF HAS SAID. SHE WORE A HEADSET WHICH IS WORN OVER THE HEAD AND REQUIRED NO POUCH. NO POUCH WAS FOUND NO POUCH EXISTED.