ST. PAUL, MN (The Pioneer Press) – A St. Paul man was sentenced Tuesday for following a woman off a light-trail train and sexually assaulting her in a parking lot.
Tibesso Hamine Tufa, 36, received about four years in prison on one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct.
He pleaded guilty to the charge in February.
Tufa sat down next to a 22-year-old woman on a light-rail train shortly after 10 p.m. on May 24, 2018.
The woman had just left work in Minneapolis. She told police she doesn’t like to sit next to anyone, but a man — later identified as Tufa — maneuvered into the window seat next to her.
When she tried to get away, he threatened to kill her, the woman told officers.
She exited the train at Western Avenue in St. Paul in an attempt to get away from the situation, but Tufa followed, according to court documents.
She called 911 shortly before Tufa attacked her in a parking lot.
He grabbed her phone before threatening to kill her if she screamed, legal documents say. Then he sexually assaulted her.