DNA Match Leads to Arrest of Brooklyn Park Man in Fridley Assault Case

Updated: 12/13/2013 7:43 AM
Created: 12/12/2013 10:07 AM
By: Leslie Dyste

A man accused of impersonating a police officer and sexually assaulting a woman in Fridley has been charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping.

Police arrested 35-year-old Gideon Charles Arrington of Brooklyn Park at 6:05 p.m. Tuesday on the 8000 block of Brooklyn Boulevard in Brooklyn Center.

According to the Anoka County Attorney's Office, a woman from Minneapolis was walking to her car on the 6400 block of Fifth Street in Fridley at 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, when she was approached by a man claiming to be a detective. Authorities say he threatened, handcuffed and blindfolded her. The woman said he drove her away from the area and repeatedly sexually assaulted her.

According to the criminal complaint, Arrington washed the victim's clothing and scrubbed her body with a bleach-like substance after the assault. Despite this, authorities say it was ultimately a DNA database match that led to his arrest.

Arrington remains in jail in Anoka County on $1 million bail.

The assault in Fridley took place approximately 12 hours before a University of Minnesota student was sexually assaulted by someone claiming to be a police officer.

The description the woman assaulted in Fridley provided of the man and SUV matched the same description of the University of Minnesota incident. The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said they believe the two crimes are "most likely related," but the Minneapolis Police Department has since refuted that, saying there are "many differences."

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Gideon Charles Arrington
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