MANKATO — Several felony charges have been filed against a Mankato man who is accused of forcing his way into an apartment, sexually assaulting a woman inside then fighting with police officers who arrived to arrest him.
A woman at an apartment in the 1800 block of Monks Avenue called 911 just before 1 a.m. Saturday to report a man had sexually touched another woman there. When police arrived, there were several people gathered between two buildings at the apartment complex.
Mal Pauliet Tharjiath, 20, was handcuffed after he was identified as the suspect, according to a complaint filed in Blue Earth County District Court this week. He immediately started resisting the officers while threatening them and calling them names.
One of the officers then spoke to three women, including the woman who called for help. They reported that Tharjiath had been locked out of the apartment after he attempted to force his way inside. He ended up getting inside the apartment later by pounding on the door until one of the women opened the door to tell him to leave, the complaint said.
Tharjiath, who has previous convictions for domestic assault, allegedly pushed his way in before cornering another woman in the apartment and sexually touching her over her clothing. He eventually left and was outside with the group when officers arrived.
Once Tharjiath was taken to the jail, he continued to resist the Mankato police officers and jail staff. He was eventually forced into a restraint chair. He has been charged with assaulting law enforcement officers for allegedly spitting at them while being restrained.
Other felony charges include first-degree burglary including assault and stalking. He’s also been charged with gross misdemeanor sexually assault.