St. Paul man charged with raping woman he drove from downtown Minneapolis – Twin Cities

A St. Paul man is accused of raping a woman after she got into his car for a ride after a night of drinking at a downtown Minneapolis bar.

Francisco Alejandro Chale (Courtesy of Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office)

Francisco Alejandro Chale, 27, was charged in Ramsey County District Court on Monday with kidnapping to facilitate a felony and first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the incident in the early morning hours of May 15. .

Chale is being held in the Ramsey County Jail and is scheduled to appear for an initial hearing on the charges on Tuesday. According to the criminal complaint:

Around 4 a.m. on May 15, a resident of the 700 block of Slate Street on the west side of St. Paul reported that a distraught woman knocked on his door saying she had just been raped by a stranger.

Officers located the woman, identified in the complaint as MEP, pacing and crying and wearing a partially torn dress.

She was taken to Regions Hospital, where she gave a police statement and was examined for sexual assault.

She said she got into a car she thought was an Uber in Minneapolis and was taken against her will to St. Paul where the suspect, later identified as Chale, threatened to kill her and killed her. forcefully raped her, the complaint states. She said she managed to get away from the man and run to a nearby house.

She told police that she and two friends, identified as AG and DJS, went to a bar and met other people. The woman said she had “lots” of drinks and at closing time she and AG decided to walk to DJS’s apartment, according to the charges.

The woman reported fainting and losing consciousness and losing her GA as they walked. The woman said she became more alert when she realized she was in the passenger seat of a car driven by a stranger she believed to be Hispanic.

When the vehicle stopped, the woman said she tried to open the car door because she sensed something was wrong. She said the man then “jumped” on her from the driver’s seat and raped her, according to the complaint. She said she was unable to break free due to her level of intoxication and when she tried to grab her phone he snatched it from her hand and threatened to kill her if she tried to leave . She said she somehow fell out of the vehicle.

The woman’s sister told police she received a text from her with the word “Help” around 3.30am.

AG reported to police that she was extremely drunk and was trying to find an Uber or a ride. She said a car pulled up to her and the woman along S. Third Ave in downtown Minneapolis just after 3 a.m. and they drove inside. AG said she told the driver they were going to St. Paul. He later commented on their appearance and touched the two women, she told police. AG said she got out of the car and the driver drove off with the woman still in the car.

The woman’s phone data shows that from downtown Minneapolis, she then traveled east on Interstate 94, exiting onto US 52 at Concord Street in St. Paul.

Video and audio from a church in the 600 block of Livingston Avenue show an off-camera struggle and a man with a Latino accent telling someone to get back in the car. Shortly after, the woman is seen running into the church parking lot and then falling to the ground, where she remained for several minutes.

The video shows Chale’s vehicle driving around the area without lights while the woman was on the ground, the complaint states. A responding officer’s body camera also captured Chale’s vehicle in the area around 4:15 a.m.

DNA profiling done during the sexual assault exam and a known sample obtained from Chale as part of an unrelated criminal sexual conduct investigation show a match, according to the complaint.

Chale was arrested on Friday. During a police interview, he admitted to being in Minneapolis on May 15 and picking up two women who wanted to take them home. He said one of them got out of his car shortly after entering and the other wanted to go to his boyfriend’s house in St. Paul.

He said the woman vomited in the back seat of her vehicle, so he pulled over and helped her move to the front seat. He admitted to touching and kissing her, but denied touching her private parts, the complaint states. He said all of his DNA found on her likely came from her touching herself after touching him, according to the complaint.

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