Background: Vallejo kidnapping suspect Matthew Muller taught at Harvard


VALLEJO (KRON) — The man arrested for the kidnapping of a Vallejo woman, whose case was believed to be a hoax, was a teacher at Harvard Law School from 2006-2009, according to an FBI affidavit.

In June, 38-year-old Matthew Muller told Alameda County sheriff detectives in an interview he is a former Marine, who also attended Harvard from 2003-2006 before teaching at Harvard.

Muller had been admitted to the California Bar in 2011, but was disbarred in 2015, according to the affidavit. Muller also told detectives he suffered from Gulf War Illness, psychosis, and was diagnosed with Bipolar Disorder in 2008. He was transported to a hospital in South Lake Tahoe.

Authorities eventually caught up with Muller in South Lake Tahoe in June, after tracking down a cell he left behind in an attempted home invasion robbery in Dublin.

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During the investigation, detectives searched Muller’s car he allegedly stole and found a black military-style belt, with two ammunition-style pouches that had swimming goggles inside, the affidavit said. Detectives found long, blonde hair stuck in the duct tape on the goggles, detectives said.

The hair is believed to belong to Denis Huskins, the victim involved in the Vallejo kidnapping.

Detectives also found in Muller’s car a super soaker water pistol that had been spray-painted black, with a flashlight and laser pointed taped to it, according to the affidavit. The spray-painted water gun is the same one that was attached to an e-mail he allegedly sent announcing the kidnapping.

According to detectives, Muller was also connected with a burglary, robbery, criminal threats, and attempted sexual assault investigation by Palo Alto police in October 2009. In that home invasion, police said the suspect restrained and blindfolded a woman who was alone in her bedroom. But Muller was never arrested.

During that investigation, police found a similar case had happened shortly before in Mountain View. Police pointed out several similarities in the two home invasions.

Both victims were women, similar in age, and the crimes happened in the early morning, police said. And both women were blindfolded and restrained by the suspect, similar to Huskins, according to the investigators.

Also in both cases, police said the suspect threatened the women with sexual assault and robbery.

Neither woman was injured, police said.

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