St. Paul man charged with grabbing woman at streetcar kiosk and sexually assaulting her outside church – Twin Cities

A man is under arrest and charged with sexually assaulting a woman outside a church in St. Paul on Saturday morning.

Louis Rogers (Courtesy Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)

A 37-year-old woman reported that a man she did not know grabbed her by the neck at a light rail kiosk near the Capitol and forced her into the stairwell of a church, where he had sexually assaulted her, according to a criminal. Complaint filed this week.

St. Paul police officers were dispatched to the 400 block of Park Street just before 7 a.m. after being tipped off about a sexual assault that had occurred there about 10 minutes earlier. Officers met a woman at a nearby fast food joint who said a man had threatened to “break her neck” if she didn’t comply with his demands for sex, according to the complaint.

She gave officers a description of the man and said he had a vertical scar on his stomach approximately 6-7 inches in length. She was taken to the hospital for a sexual assault examination.

Officers quickly located a man at a nearby gas station who matched the description. An officer took a photo of the man and then drove to the hospital to speak to him. When shown the photo, her “eyes went wide” and she said, “Oh my god. It’s him. It’s him. I’m sure it’s him,” the complaint read. Police later identified the suspect as Louis Rogers, 64, of St. Paul.

She told a police investigator that she was walking with a friend on Rice Street towards her friend’s house when she was approached by a stranger who asked if she knew how to use the train to get to the downtown. She said she agreed to go with him to a transit kiosk to help him get a ticket. Her friend went to a fast food restaurant to wait for her.

Once at the kiosk, she told police, he grabbed her by the neck and repeatedly threatened to hurt her. She showed the investigator new red marks on her neck.

She said he forced her to walk to a stairwell on the east side of a nearby church. When the investigator showed her a picture of the stairwell and asked if that was where she was attacked, she burst into tears and confirmed that was the scene of the crime, the police said. complaint.

In a formal police interview, Rogers denied knowing the woman, saying he had never seen her before. He later retracted that statement and said he saw her on the “train a few times,” according to the complaint. He denied meeting her on Saturday and assaulting her. He said he didn’t know how she knew about the scar on her stomach.

Rogers was examined for a sexual assault suspect. DNA samples from his and the woman’s DNA were sent to the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension for processing, authorities said.

The Ramsey County District Attorney’s Office charged Rogers Monday with first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He appeared in court for the first time on Tuesday and remained jailed in lieu of $80,000 bond.

Most sexual assaults are committed by someone known to a victim; about 20% are perpetrated by a stranger, according to RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network).

Minnesota court records show Rogers was convicted of five felonies: drug possession in 1996 and 2007, second-degree aggravated robbery in 2000, sale of a controlled substance in 2005, and third-degree burglary in 2015. He has been convicted of misdemeanor theft 28 times.

A lawyer for Rogers declined to comment on the case Thursday.

Jose P. Rogers