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Refugee from Somalia rapes woman near her sleeping daughter while riding on public bus in Minnesota

By Mason White 6:40 PM December 15, 2016
Mohamed Ayanle 

By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A man who recently came to the United States from Somalia, is accused of raping a woman on a public bus, according to police in Minnesota.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said that they have arrested 22-year-old Mohamed Ayanle, after being accused of raping the woman while riding on a Jefferson Lines bus.

Ayanle has been charged with first and third-degree criminal sexual conduct. He was booked into jail, and his bail was set at $5,000.

He was banned from leaving the state. If convicted, Ayanle faces up to 30 years in prison. According to the criminal complaint, around 6:00 p.m. on Friday, police received a 911 call from a Jefferson Lines bus.

The victim reported that Ayanle forced her to have sex with him. She also reported that the suspect threatened her with a knife.

Police were waiting for the bus at the next stop. Only 4 passengers were on the bus at the time of the attack. Ayanle boarded the bus in Minneapolis, and he asked her to come to the back of the bus to watch a movie on his cellphone.

She left her 7-year-old daughter, who was sleeping, while she went to the back of the bus, where she was raped. He then told her to go back to the front of the bus because she was too fat.

Ayanle claimed that the sex was consensual.