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Charges: After 2 sex cases dismissed, man tries to rape student at Mpls. college

March 6, 2018 GMT

A man who had two indecent exposure cases dismissed recently for psychological reasons is now charged with trying to rape a student in a Minneapolis college bathroom stall.

Asad Abu Mohamed, 32, of Bloomington, was charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with third-degree criminal sexual conduct, making a terroristic threat and assault in connection with the Friday midday attack downtown at Minneapolis Community and Technical College (MCTC). Mohamed remains jailed in lieu of $150,000 bail ahead of his first court appearance Tuesday afternoon.

According to the criminal complaint:

Police arrived shortly after 1 p.m. and saw people comforting a woman while campus security officers were struggling to contain Mohamed.

The woman told police she entered the bathroom and found one stall to be locked despite not seeing any feet below the door, prompting her to use the next stall over.

Mohamed was standing on the toilet in the locked stall before he crawled in where the woman was sitting with her pants down. She screamed and kicked at Mohamed, who put his hand over her mouth and threatened to kill her.

People passing by heard the screams, went in the bathroom and saw Mohamed choking the woman and smoking a glass pipe while the woman was kicking and screaming.

Security officers grabbed Mohamed and pepper-sprayed him when he resisted and swung the jagged-edged glass pipe at them. The officers had him handcuffed by the time city police arrived.

Mohamed told a police officer who was frisking him for weapons that Ill rape you too.

In 2016, Mohamed was charged in two cases in Hennepin County with indecent exposure. Both were dismissed, however, due to mental deficiency, according to the charges in this latest case.

The court twice put him under civil commitment that same year, once for chemical dependency and later for being mentally ill. Hes also currently on probation in Ramsey County for a felony drug offense and for two misdemeanor convictions in Hennepin County, one for a transit fare violation and another for trespassing.

Paul Walsh 612-673-4482