St. Paul man, 25, charged in rape of mother in front of children - KMSP-TV

St. Paul man, 25, charged in rape of mother in front of children

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ST. PAUL, Minn. (KMSP) -

Prosecutors have charged a 25-year-old St. Paul man with one felony charge of first-degree criminal sexual conduct accusing him of sexually assaulting a mother in front of her children over the weekend.

According to charging documents, Tyron Joshua Thomas, broke into a woman's apartment on the 1000 block of Suburban Avenue while she was sleeping early Saturday and told her he would kill her if she did not cooperate.

St. Paul police were responding to a call of a suspicious man in the area and found Thomas lurking in the 1000 block of Burns Avenue as described. While they were speaking with him, a woman shouted to them.

Investigators met with her and noticed she was wrapped in a blanket and appeared traumatized. She told police she had just been sexually assaulted. She described Thomas to police, including a distinctive necklace he was wearing at the time of his arrest.

The woman also told police that her children were present for the assault, with two of them in the same room where the assault occurred.

While investigating the scene, officers recovered items that appear to belong to Thomas -- including a black jacket, a lighter and a cell phone. They also recovered a hair sample and potential DNA evidence.

The woman was taken to Regions Hospital for a sexual assault examination, and told investigators she was sleeping early Saturday morning when Thomas entered. She said he was a stranger and that he threatened her life before forcing vaginal, anal and oral sex upon her. Medical reports reflect she was injured during the assault.

The woman's boyfriend told investigators he came home and saw Thomas running from the apartment, and he positively identified Thomas as the culprit in a line-up.

Thomas declined an interview at the Ramsey County Law Enforcement Center, according to the charging documents.

Thomas has two prior sexual assault related arrests in the city from 2007 and 2008, and his criminal history also includes convictions on the following charges:

  • Counterfeit checks in 2012
  • Two first-degree burglaries in 2011
  • Fifth-degree assault in 2010
  • Sale of a non-controlled substance in 2009
  • Two domestic assaults in 2009
  • Violation of an order of protection from 2009

If convicted, Thomas could face up to 30 years in prison and a potential $40,000 fine.

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