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Minneapolis Man Pleads Guilty to Raping Child at Cedar-Riverside Apartment

Thirty-five-year-old Ahmed Abdi of Minneapolis Photo: Photo: Hennepin County Sheriff's Office Thirty-five-year-old Ahmed Abdi of Minneapolis

August 18, 2016 02:35 PM

A Minneapolis man has pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting a young girl in the hallway of an apartment complex in the Cedar-Riverside Neighborhood last fall.

Thirty-five-year-old Ahmed Abdi pleaded guilty this week to one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a person under 13. He was sentenced Tuesday to 12 years in prison.

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The assault happened Sunday, Oct. 4, 2015, on the 1600 block of South Fourth Street in Minneapolis, which is Riverside Plaza.

The child, who was 10 years old at the time, said a man followed her onto the elevator and that they got off on the third floor. The man extended his hand, and when the girl shook it he refused to let go, according to the complaint. He then raped the girl in the hallway, police say.

Witnesses said they heard screaming in the hall and saw a young girl crying, so they flagged down an off-duty police officer.

The girl was sent to Hennepin County Medical Center for treatment.

Based on the girl’s description and surveillance video from Riverside Plaza, the suspect was identified as Abdi. He was later arrested in St. Paul.

Court records show Abdi was previously convicted of trespassing in 2003, disorderly conduct in 2003 and public urination in 2012.

Several other previous charges against Abdi have been dismissed. In 2011, he was charged with two counts of fifth-degree assault and one count of disorderly conduct, which were all dismissed after he was found incompetent to stand trial, according to court records.

Another fifth-degree assault charge in 2010 was dismissed, and the reason listed was also “mental deficiency.”

In 2002, a fifth-degree assault charge against Abdi was dismissed, and in 2014 a lurking charge against him was dismissed.

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