Police: Man Sexually Assaults Woman, Jumps Into River

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – A 21-year-old St. Cloud woman is in serious condition after she was sexually assaulted and severely beaten by a stranger, who later jumped into the Mississippi River, early Monday morning, police said.

James Bryson, 21, of St. Cloud, is currently being held for court in the Stearns County Jail awaiting charges of criminal sexual conduct, false imprisonment and second degree assault.

According to a criminal complaint, Bryson assaulted his victim at her apartment, located on the 300 block of 6th Avenue South, at around 5:50 a.m. Bryson sexually assaulted his victim and left her with wounds all over her body.

She is being treated at St. Cloud Hospital, where she is in serious yet stable condition, police said.

Police found Bryson near the University Bridge after hearing a report of a man jumping into the Mississippi River at 6:15 a.m. Bryson had on only a T-shirt when police found him.

Bryson and his victim were not acquaintances, police said.

The St. Cloud Police Department is continuing to investigate this incident.


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