MINNEAPOLIS - A man with a history of sexual misconduct is charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct after an attack at Minneapolis Community Technical College Friday.
A criminal complaint details the allegations against 32-year-old Asad Abu Mohamed, who is also charged with making terroristic threats and assaulting a school official.
Minneapolis squads were dispatched to the school just after 1 p.m. and on arrival found a chaotic scene near a women's bathroom. An obviously distraught female student was being comforted by witnesses while MCTC security staff were physically restraining her alleged attacker, later identified as Asad Abuu Mohamed.
The victim told police that she had entered the bathroom and tried to enter the larger handicapped stall but found it was locked. She checked underneath the door and could see no feet, but eventually went to the next stall and began using the toilet. At some point, she says Mohamed crawled into her stall from the handicapped stall and began attacking her. The victim screamed repeatedly, causing a number of people to run to her aid. They describe seeing the woman with her pants and underwear around her knees, and Mohamed choking her with one hand and smoking a substance from a glass pipe with the other.
MCTC security officers eventually ran into the bathroom and attempted to restrain Mohamed, but he began swinging at them with a jagged edge of the glass pipe he was smoking from. They were able to get him under control but a security supervisor received minor injuries in the process.
Crime lab photographers called in to document the scene found that the toilet seat in the handicapped stall was covered in muddy footprints, suggesting that Mohamed climbed up on it and waited for a victim.
Criminal records show two charges of indecent exposure filed in 2016, both of which were dismissed due to 'mental deficiency.' He was also civilly committed as chemically dependent in July of 2016, and as mentally ill in October of 2016.
Dr. James Alsdurf, a clinical psychologist who's not involved in Mohamed's cases, says indecent exposure can be a red flag but is not a sure sign someone will eventually commit a more serious crime like attempted rape.
"I don't know what was missed or not missed in this case, I will tell you do miss it. And there are ways to reduce that problem and part of it is having more well-trained mental health people working in these systems," Alsdurf said.
Prosecutors are urging that Mohamed not be granted release, believing his substance abuse and mental health history make him a danger to the public.