Charges: Illegal immigrant, angry at former landlady, raped her in her St. Paul home
July 23 - A Minneapolis man was charged Thursday for brutally raping his former St. Paul landlady because he was angry that she refused to move his girlfriend in with him.
Rolando Lopez-Meneses, 23, has been charged with first degree sexual behavior and first degree burglary. He is said to have been illegally in the country, the police said. He is being held in Ramsey County Jail.
According to the criminal complaint, Lopez-Meneses rented a room in the woman's home on the 1600 block of Margaret Street in St. Paul's Battle Creek Neighborhood. He had lived there for about eight months.
The woman told police that Lopez-Meneses moved out in the weeks leading up to the alleged attack after refusing to bring his girlfriend to his room, the criminal complaint said. He had recently returned and asked for his room, but the woman turned him away because she had already rented it to someone else.
The woman believed that he may have used a house key that he did not return to gain access to her home, the complaint said.
St. Paul police responded to a break-in report at around 4 a.m. on July 17th. When they arrived, the woman was scared and locked herself in her room until officers cleared the scene. You could hear her sobbing through the door, the complaint says.
When they entered the bedroom, they found her wrapped in a blanket, visibly upset, injured and bleeding. While speaking to the officers through an interpreter, she passed out and fell to the ground.
She was taken to the hospital where the police further interrogated her. She told them that she had been sleeping in her bed when she woke up to Lopez-Meneses spreading it with his hands over her mouth and stopping her nose so that she could not breathe, the complaint says.
She begged him to leave, but he ignored her and began brutally raping and beating her. When she screamed, he put his hands back on his mouth and nose, the complaint says.
A tenant who lived in the house heard the commotion and came out of his room to scare Lopez-Meneses away, according to the announcement.
The police located and arrested him in Eagan on July 21st. He admitted using the key he had kept since the rental period but told police the sex was consensual. The officers also found the woman's cell phone in his possession.
Lopez-Meneses had an ID from Mexico and is said to have been illegally in the United States, the police said.
He will appear for a hearing in the Ramsey County Court on Wednesday.
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