Charges: Minneapolis Man Sexually Assaulted 2 Women

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — A 26-year-old Minneapolis man has been arrested for allegedly following two women off of a bus at separate times during the same night and sexually assaulting them, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Stephen Lee Blanks faces two felony counts of fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct and one felony count of kidnapping.

According to the criminal complaint, at 9:30 p.m. on Feb. 17, Blanks followed a woman off of a bus near the intersection of Chicago Avenue South and 32nd Street East and sexually assaulted her. She reported being grabbed from behind by a chokehold and being groped inappropriately. She told police she was able to escape when she slid out of her top and ran to a nearby home. Her keys and bus card were lost in the struggle.

Fifteen minutes later, another woman reported being sexually assaulted after exiting a bus. The alleged assault happened near the intersection of Chicago Avenue South and 35th Street East. She was also grabbed from behind by a chokehold and groped inappropriately. During the assault, the victim’s glasses were knocked off. She escaped when she asked if she could fix her glasses, the compliant said.

If convicted of all charges, Blanks faces a maximum sentence of 50 years in prison and/or a $75,000 fine.

  • qryptik1

    I just wish we had more, and bigger prisons, so these and other similar idiots didn’t get out early.

  • Victim Du Jour

    Perhaps we can build a Gonad Gulag for people with genitals.

  • Allah

    More diversity please!!!!

  • LoveItOrLeaveIt

    When are all boys going to be taught to respect women? Men have no idea how frightening this type of action is to a women. It can take months and/or years to heal and overcome the fright. If boys would treat girls as they want their sisters to be treated, we’d have a lot less of this type of behavior going on. I doubt he’ll get 50 years but I hope whatever sentence he gets will be long enough for him to feel fright to the degree his victims felt it!

  • rj

    Tattoos on the face is always nice. I’ll bet yo mammy’s proud.

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