Last Member Of Somali 'Rape Gang' Awaiting Verdict In Minnesota
ST. PAUL, MN - The trial of the third and final suspect charged with a brutal gang rape last year is now awaiting his verdict.
Mohamed Hassab Abdi, 23, has been charged with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping. Rather than presenting his defense before a jury, he asked for a bench trial.
Closing arguments are being sent to the judge and once received, she will have a week to issue a verdict, according to the prosecutor’s office.
His co-defendants have already been convicted.
On October 18, 2020, the unidentified victim was abducted off the street in downtown St. Cloud.
The woman said she had been kidnapped by a car full of Somali men who were talking in their native language, drinking liquor, trying to kiss her, and threatening her.
The woman said they stopped at a park and a man later identified as Hassan brought her to a slide and raped her. The woman said she was brought back to the car and forced to perform a sex act on a man later identified as Ali.
Eventually, her assailants pushed her out of the car, at which time she ran to a house and asked for help.
She was taken to a local hospital where a rape kit was performed, and DNA evidence linking the three to the rape was obtained.
Abdirahin Omar Ali, 22, was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of kidnapping and is now facing up to 30 years in prison.
Sahal Abdi Hassan, 25, was convicted of aiding and abetting 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct, and sentenced to 15 years in prison.
*Over the last 25 years, large Somali refugees have been resettled in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area. Unfortunately, a crime wave among many of the 'refugees' has ensued.
In 2009, a CBS report entitled "Rise of Somali Gangs Plagues Minneapolis," detailed the incredible rise in violent crimes attributable to refugees. Well organized sex-trafficking, murders and rape brought crime in the city to unprecedented levels.
At the time of that report, it was estimated that between 400 and 500 Somali men were affiliated with gangs in the Twin Cities area.