Hodges pleads guilty to downtown ramp sexual assaults

Monday, January 26, 2015

Peijan Hodges will be sentenced March 2 in connection with two downtown parking ramp sexual assaults, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Monday.

Hodges, 22, of Minneapolis pleaded guilty Friday afternoon to first-degree criminal sexual conduct and attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct. He is expected to receive a sentence of 15 years in prison. As part of the negotiation, a fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct charge from Sept. 26 was dropped.

“These are frightening incidents, occurring in public parking ramps during the daylight hours,” Freeman said. “We are pleased that Mr. Hodges was apprehended relatively quickly and we were able to convince him to plead guilty. He will now be looking at a long stretch of time off the streets and in prison.”

The attempted criminal sexual assault charge was from an incident just after 1:30 p.m. on Oct. 7.  A woman was walking from her car to the elevators of Ramp C, 318 Second Avenue North. Hodges asked for a dollar and then grabbed the woman in a bear hug, forcing her to the ground between two cars. The woman fought with him and yelled for help and a man getting off the elevator yelled at Hodges, who fled.

Less than three hours later, a woman took the elevator in the same parking ramp and Hodges got on at level six. The woman got off the elevator at level seven and was in the driver’s seat of her car when Hodges grabbed the door to keep it from closing. He took the woman’s keys and pushed her into the back seat and assaulted her.

Up until the Sept. 26 fourth-degree assault incident where he grabbed a woman’s breast in the skyway, Hodges had no felony criminal record.