ST. CLOUD – A Stearns County jury has found a St. Cloud man guilty of his role in the kidnapping and rape of a woman in a St. Cloud park last fall.
Twenty-two years Abdirahin Omar Ali was convicted of three counts of first degree criminal sexual behavior and one count of kidnapping. The jury also found that the crimes had been committed with aggravating factors such as the assault had been committed by a group of three or more people, the victim had been subjected to death threats and had suffered multiple forms. sexual assault. The Stearns County District Attorney’s Office said these aggravating factors allow for a maximum sentence of 30 years.
Abdi will be sentenced in December.
Twenty three years Mohamed Hassan Abdi is also charged with three counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. He was also set to stand trial from October 21, but has decided to waive his right to a jury trial and his case will instead be decided by a judge. This trial is expected to begin on Friday.
A third man was sentenced for his role in the April attack. Judge sentenced 25-year-old Sahal Abdi Hassan to 15 years in prison for complicity in criminal sexual behavior in the first degree.
St. Cloud Police were called on a report of sexual assault on October 18, 2020. The woman said she was kidnapped by a car full of Somali men who spoke in their mother tongue, drank alcohol. alcohol, were trying to kiss her and threatening her.
The woman said they pulled up to a park and a man later identified as Hassan took her down a toboggan and raped her. The woman said she was returned to the car and forced to perform a sexual act on a man later identified as Ali.
The victim was then dropped off at a location and sought help from an area owner. She was taken to the hospital for a rape examination.
DNA tests through the examination determined profiles corresponding to Hassan and Ali. Abdi’s DNA could not be excluded from a mixture of sperm fractions collected during the examination.
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