MANKATO — A nationwide arrest warrant has been issued for a former Mankato man who has been linked, through DNA evidence, to a rape reported in April.
Emergency Room staff at the Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato called police on April 28 to report the incident. A woman there told the Mankato police officer she had been sexually assaulted early that morning at a Mankato apartment.
The woman said she had been out with friends and started drinking around 6 p.m. the night before. After going to two downtown bars later that night, she said she left her friends and went to the Red Rocks bar to stand in line outside.
She said she remembered falling down several times while she was waiting for others to leave the crowded bar so she could go inside. She also told the officer she vaguely remembered being at an apartment where a man removed her underwear and raped her while she told him repeatedly to stop.
The victim, who was able to draw a diagram showing the location of the bedroom in the apartment, was eventually given a ride home by another man who was there. She also showed the officer a text message she had received from a cellphone number she didn’t recognize that said, “Hi, I’m Moon, don’t forget me.
Using that number, the officer was able to find the address of the owner of the phone. When he went to the apartment in the 200 block of Balcerzak Drive, he spoke to five men who were there. Three of the men said they had been downtown the night before and had seen the victim in line at Red Rocks.
One of the men, 25-year-old Khaled Mohammed Alshammri, said he offered the woman a ride after she repeatedly fell down and asked for help. He said he and another man brought her to Alshammri’s apartment because she was too intoxicated to give them her address. Alshammri denied sexually assaulting the woman.
Tests done at the hospital showed the woman had bruising consistent with being raped. Those injuries and bruising on her neck were swabbed to collect DNA that could be tested, according to a criminal complaint filed last week in Blue Earth County District Court.
The results of those tests were recently returned to the Mankato Department of Public Safety. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension report showed DNA taken from the victim’s vaginal area and neck matched the DNA of Alshammri or any male relatives from his father’s side of his family. The complaint said none of the other men interviewed at the apartment were related to Alshammri.
An alcohol sample taken from the victim showed she had a blood-alcohol concentration of .04 while she was being treated at the hospital, which is half the legal limit of .08 for driving. The officer used a test, known as the Widmark formula, to estimate her blood-alcohol concentration would have been about .20 at the time of the assault.
The officer told prosecutors he attempted to locate Alshammri and arrest him after the DNA results were returned. The officer was told Alshammri left the country in May and has not returned, so a nationwide warrant was issued for his arrest. There is a person with that name listed as a student at Minnesota State University.
Alshammri is facing two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct, all felonies.