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Warrant issued for Rochester man on sex assault charge

By Janice Gregorson

gregor@postbulletin.com

A warrant has been issued for the arrest of a Rochester man accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting a woman in January.

Jimmi Charly Cruz-Garcia, 27, 919 W. Village Circle, No. C, is charged with kidnapping and first-degree criminal sexual conduct involving the use of force, both felonies.

Police were sent about 9 p.m. Jan. 29 help locate a woman who was missing. About 11 p.m., police received a medical call at a hotel on Second Street Southwest. The woman was in the lobby.

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She said she agreed to go with Cruz-Garcia to get something to eat.

However, she said, instead of going to a restaurant, he drove to a dark secluded location, where his car got stuck. He became aggressive, and when she got her cell phone out to call for help, he took it and hid it from her.

She said he began touching her sexually and said he wanted to have sex. The victim told police she started to yell but no one could hear her.

When she got out of the car and started running, he chased after her and dragged her back to the car, she said. She said he also pulled on her tongue so she couldn’t yell.

She said he tried to force her to perform a sex act. She was able to get out of the car again but said he caught her again and threatened her with his belt. She said he again tried to force her to perform a sex act.

Eventually, he used her cell phone to call a friend of his to pick them up. During the ride to Rochester, she sent a text message to a friend about where they were going to drop her off, she said. She told police that she was afraid she would be killed if she didn’t comply.

Police located Cruz-Garcia’s vehicle stuck in the snow at the entrance to a minimum-maintenance road in the 11300 block of Silver Creek Road N.E. The vehicle was towed to the law enforcement garage to be searched for evidence.

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