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Woman accuses man of rape

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A River Falls man celebrating his 21st birthday was arrested on three counts of third-degree sexual assault last week late at night in a downtown alley.

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The victim is also 21. She said the two hooked up earlier in the night with others who were bar hopping on Main Street.

As the two walked through the alley later on, the woman said her companion began to kiss and fondle her before undoing and pulling off her pants. She said she tried to say no but didn't yell for help because nobody was around.

Both the assailant and victim were described as intoxicated.

The sexual encounter lasted for 15-20 minutes and was interrupted by a truck driving drove down the alley. Shortly after that the two separated.

The woman told friends what happened. Police were soon called. The woman was then examined by a St. Croix Valley Sexual Assault Response Team nurse.

The man was questioned later that day at his apartment and then taken to county jail in Ellsworth.

Last week police also:

  • Arrested a 24-year-old River Falls woman in a convertible for driving revoked due to a past drunk driving conviction, and possession of marijuana and drug paraphernalia. The woman was stopped for having expired license plates. The drug stuff was allegedly found after her purse was searched.
  • Arrested a 19-year-old local woman for battery in Veterans Park. The woman was first arguing with a 16-year-old girl, but then allegedly grabbed her hair, punched her face, knocked her down and kicked her. The victim's friends sought out police for help.
  • Arrested an 18-year-old man for a minor transporting intoxicants and for a county warrant because he had failed to register as a state sex offender. The man, driving his pickup truck, was stopped for having a headlight out. A bottle of whiskey was allegedly found in the truck. The man said it belonged to a buddy. He was eventually taken to jail in Ellsworth because of the warrant.
  • Arrested a 22-year-old Minnesota woman for public urination - once in the 100 block of East Walnut Street and also by a plant on Main Street. The woman blamed her actions on a bladder infection but was still given a $114 fine.
  • Arrested a local 14-year-old boy who was listed as a runaway for marijuana possession and stealing. The boy allegedly stole jewelry items valued at over $1,000 after breaking into his mother's lockbox.

    He was found next day downtown on the Riverwalk. The boy allegedly tried to hide some marijuana in a bandana before his arrest but this was found as was the jewelry. The boy was taken to a secure juvenile detention facility in Eau Claire.

    For more, please see Police Beat in the Sept. 2 print edition of the River Falls Journal.

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