Man Charged in Connection to Assault Near St. Paul Light Rail Station

Man Charged in Connection to Assault Near St. Paul Light Rail Station Photo: KSTP/File

December 07, 2017 06:53 PM

A St. Paul man has been charged in connection to a sexual assault that took place near a St. Paul light rail station in October, according to court documents.

A criminal complaint says 40-year-old Torrie Lee Bolden has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct.

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According to the complaint, officers were called on Oct. 4 to Regions Hospital on reports of a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted. The victim told police she met a man — later identified as Bolden — at the light rail station at Fourth Street and Wacouta Street.

The victim said the two walked together and Bolden suggested they go to a liquor store. When she realized they were going in the opposite direction of a liquor store, Bolden punched her. The complaint says Bolden slammed her head into a brick wall and sexually assaulted her.

While reviewing surveillance videos, police officers recognized Bolden. A corrections officer in Steele County confirmed the man in the surveillance video was Bolden as well.

During an interview, Bolden told police he didn't recognize the victim. When Bolden was shown images from the surveillance photo, Bolden said he remembered her and that he rescued her from two men that assaulted her. He later told investigators that two men attempted to rob the two.

If found guilty, Bolden could face up to 30 years in prison.

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