A Minneapolis man was convicted today for raping a woman in New Brighton eight years ago, after police matched the man's DNA from an alleged sexual assault last year.
Trinidad Perez-Carrino, 32, of Minneapolis, was convicted of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping in connection with the June 10, 2001 incident.
Eight years ago, New Brighton police were called to an intersection in the middle of the night, after a woman called reporting that she and another woman had just escaped the car of an unknown man who offered to give them a ride home from Brother's Bar in Minneapolis.
The police officer who arrived saw a woman running across the street, wearing only a shirt, and bleeding from head and facial wounds, according to the criminal complaint. She reported that the man assaulted and raped her before he drove off.
Another woman at the scene also reported that she had been physically assaulted by the man. Police at the time were unable to locate the suspect.
Last November, the Minneapolis Police Department obtained a DNA sample from Perez-Carrino in connection with another criminal sexual conduct case. The DNA matched the sample obtained from the victim of the 2001 rape.
Perez-Carrino also faces a first-degree criminal sexual conduct charge in Hennepin County in connection with the 2008 incident.
He will be sentenced for today's conviction on September 29.