ST. PAUL, MN – On Thursday, police arrested Rolando Lopez-Meneses, 23, after he reportedly broke into his former residence in the 1600 block of Margaret Street, and sexually assaulted the owner of the property.
A few weeks ago, Lopez-Meneses moved out of the residence where he had lived for eight months, because the landlord would not let him move his girlfriend in with him. He recently returned asking for his room back, but she told him that it had already been rented.
In the early morning hours of Thursday, he got into the house made his way into the woman's room, then both physically and sexually assaulted her, according to court documents.
Around 4 a.m., officers arrived at the home and heard the woman sobbing through a locked door.
The Pioneer Press reported:
When they entered the bedroom, they found her wrapped in a blanket, visibly upset, bruised and bleeding. As she spoke to officers through the help of an interpreter, she fainted and fell to the floor.
She was taken to the hospital where police continued to question her. She told them she had been asleep in her bed when she awoke to Lopez-Meneses straddling her with his hands over her mouth and nose so she was unable to breathe, the complaint states.
She begged for him to leave, but he ignored her and began to rape and beat her. When she screamed, he put his hands back over her mouth and nose, the complaint states.
The illegal alien fled the scene when another tenant was awoken by the woman's cries for help and chased him away.
When taken into custody, Lopez-Meneses admitted that he had held onto a key to the house and let himself in that night, the victim's cellphone was also found in his pocket.
He is in the country illegally from Mexico.
Lopez-Meneses has been charged with one count of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of first-degree burglary. He is currently being held at the Ramsey County jail without bail.