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Charges: 19-year-old sexually assaulted multiple women in downtown skyway

MINNEAPOLIS — A 19-year-old Minneapolis man was charged with sexually assaulting multiple women around downtown Minneapolis.

Mayke Thibodeaux received felony charges for criminal sexual conduct in the second degree, third degree, twice in the fourth degree, and once in the fifth degree.

The most recent incident reported involving Thibodeaux took place on June 12 on the 300 block of Nicollet Mall.

The suspect allegedly followed a woman to her apartment building. When she confronted him, he grabbed her forcefully, pinned her against a wall, and proceeded to pull her pants down. The victim began to fight back and broke free from him. Police say clear surveillance video captured the incident.

In January, police responded to a report at an apartment in which Thibodeaux, who was dating one of the apartment’s tenants, allegedly went into the victim’s bedroom and sexually assaulted her. 

In a voluntary interview with police, Thibodeaux said he went into the bedroom to get a vape and the victim thought he was trying to touch her butt, and said, “but basically I kind of did.”

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Hennepin County Jail

Another charge alleges Thibodeaux followed a woman as she walked through the skyway from Capella Tower to Ramp A. When she confronted him, he grabbed her buttocks. The victim screamed and Thibodeaux ran away. Surveillance video confirmed he had been following the woman several blocks, police say.

On March 7, a woman told police she was walking through the skyway in the Baker Building when a man approached her from behind and grabbed her buttocks. Surveillance video was able to confirm the assault, which they believe was committed by Thibodeaux.

In an interview with investigators, Thibodeaux admitted what he did to the victim was not okay. He also told officers that he hangs out in the skyway when he has nowhere else to go.

Thibodeaux was arrested on Aug. 21 for a similar assault on a stranger in downtown Minneapolis.

A woman told police was walking downtown with her earbuds in when she was approached from behind by a man. The suspect pulled her dress up, grabbed her buttocks and hips, then shoved her towards a fence. The victim was able to run away from the attacker.

While officers were taking the woman home, she spotted Thibodeaux. She later identified him as her attacker in a photographic lineup.

When arrested, Thibodeux admitted to the assault in a post-Miranda statement, police say.

Thibodeux’s first court appearance will be at 1 p.m. on Thursday. If convicted, he could face 25 years in prison.


Source: CBS Minnesota

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