Jury convicts, man will get life in prison for kidnapping, rape and robbery
A Hennepin County jury took less than an hour to convict a Minneapolis man of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, kidnapping and armed robbery and he will be sentenced to life in prison, Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman announced Friday.
Mohamed Ali Elmi, 26, was convicted Thursday afternoon of six counts in robbing a young man and woman at gunpoint south of downtown, then forcing the woman into a car, and eventually taking her to a park where he raped her and then drove away.
The Hennepin County Attorney’s office took the case to the grand jury, which indicted Elmi and his co-defendant, Ismail Adam Abdo, on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of second-degree criminal sexual conduct, one count of kidnapping and two counts of first-degree robbery. With the indictment for the criminal sexual conduct charges, the sentence is life in prison without parole. The jury also found aggravating factors including the use of a dangerous weapon, taking the victim from one place to another and releasing her in an unsafe place and having two or more perpetrators. Elmi will be sentenced on July 22.
“This was a heinous crime that terrorized a young woman,” Freeman said. “We sought the indictment to make sure Mr. Elmi will never hurt anyone again. The jury agreed that he was guilty of the crimes and the factors necessary to require the judge to sentence him to life in prison.”
About 12:40 a.m. on Aug. 4, police talked to a man who said he was standing in the alley outside 1831 Second Ave. S. with his friend, the young woman, when Elmi walked up, pointed a gun and ordered them to give him all their money and electronics. While going through the woman’s purse, Elmi noticed a bank card. When Abdo pulled up in a car, Elmi forced the woman in and they took her to an automatic teller machine.
After obtaining a small amount of money from the machine, the two men drove her to Riverside Park at 2820 Eighth St. S. where they sexually assaulted her.
Police are still seeking Abdo, although they believe he has fled the country.
The jury also found aggravating factors including the use of a dangerous weapon, taking the victim from one place to another and releasing her in an unsafe place and having two or more perpatrators