Attempted rape reported near Downtown hotel

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February 5, 2007 // UPDATED 10:58 am - April 26, 2007
By: Michelle Bruch
Michelle Bruch

Police reported an attempted rape at a hotel near the center of Downtown on Jan. 26 at 9:39 a.m.

Police said the victim fought off a suspect who then fled the building. The suspect may be experiencing homelessness and could frequent Downtown and shelters here, police said. The suspect is described as white man with a very thin build, blond hair, hazel eyes, a skinny face and diamond earrings in each ear. He was seen wearing very baggie blue jeans, a dark T-shirt and dark jacket, police said.

Stranger rapes are rare in the 1st Precinct, according to police. Citywide, Uniform Crime statistics reported 475 rapes in 2006 and 429 offenses in 2005, an 11 percent increase. Of those incidents, the 1st Precinct reported 76 rapes in 2006 and 77 in 2005.

In 2006, police reported 14 rape offenses in Elliot Park, 1 on Nicollet Island, 9 in the North Loop, 11 in Loring Park, 2 in Downtown East and 35 in Downtown West.

Police are collecting suspect information through the MPD Sex Crimes Unit at 673-3081.

To prevent an attack, police advise residents to be careful when drinking alcoholic beverages with someone they don’t know, and be wary of leaving a drink unattended. Don’t drink anything that has an unusual taste or appearance, police say.

In the event of an attack, police advise the victim to look for distractions that allow time to escape or seek help. Police also recommend that a victim scream out and use self-defense techniques targeting an attacker’s vulnerable areas.