SOMALI-LAND: Man, Ahmed Hersi Abdi, Rapes 10yr Old Girl in Minnesota Elevator

The community claimed he is mentally ill, but there is a suspicion that isn’t the case.

MINNEAPOLIS – A Minneapolis man is charged with raping a 10-year-old girl in her apartment building in the Cedar Riverside neighborhood.

A criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County charges 34-year-old Ahmed Hersi Abdi with two counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct. If convicted, Abdi faces the prospect of spending more than 30-years of his life in jail.

“People are sad, they’re shocked, and they’re concerned for the welfare of the young girl, and they’re looking saying, what happened? What could have been done differently?” Mohamud Noor, a Somali community leader and a former Minneapolis school board member, told KARE.

Minneapolis Police squads were called to the Riverside Plaza Apartments at on Sunday October 4 by an off-duty officer after witnesses told them a child had been sexually assaulted. They told police they heard screaming from a third floor hallway and saw a young girl crying. The witnesses said a man had pulled her pants down and done something to her.

The witnesses quickly found two off-duty Minneapolis officers were working security in a nearby building.

“The Somalian community who came across this girl in crisis stepped up and helped her,” Minneapolis Police Dept. spokesperson John Elder told KARE.

“They trusted the officers enough to get them, to bring them into this situation to provide aid.”

The little girl told officers that a man had followed her onto the elevator, and then into the third floor hallway. He asked her name, extended his hand to her and asked her to shake hands. The girl told police that the man then refused to let go, ordered her to turn around, pull down her tights and at that point sexually assaulted her.

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