Friday, April 22, 2005

Santa Clara County District Attorney: It's Safe to Eat at Wendy's

Anna Ayala
The San Jose MercuryNews reports:

It's safe to eat Wendy's, the Santa Clara County District Attorney's office said today, hours before a scheduled 1 p.m. news conference at which San Jose police are expected to disclose details behind the arrest of the Las Vegas woman who claimed to have found a partial human finger in a bowl of Wendy's chili.

``America should go back to eating at Wendy's,'' said Chief Assistant District Attorney Karyn Sinunu. She declined to discuss the matter further, saying San Jose police will release affidavits at the 1 p.m. news conference at police headquarters. ``We're being very mindful of the defendant's rights.''

A Wendy's spokeswoman, Irma Seaholm, said company representatives would also be present at the news conference. The company has said business has been off sharply, especially in the Bay Area, since the finger incident.

Wendy's officials say their internal investigation eliminated the possibility that Wendy's, its suppliers or employees were involved with the finger.

Thursday night, police arrested Anna Ayala in connection with the case. Last month Ayala said she bit into the partial finger when she was eating at the Wendy's on Monterey Road a month ago while visiting family in San Jose.

Ayala, 39, is being held without bail at the Clark County Detention Center in downtown Las Vegas as a California fugitive until her first court appearance, at which time it may become clear whether she will fight extradition, according to Sgt. Chris Jones of the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department. Ayala's case is slated for review Tuesday. A Nevada judge has the authority to allow her to bail out, Jones said.

Looking forward to the afternoon's news conference. Wonder what her counsel will say?

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