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Woman Thought She Was Getting A Ride Home From An Uber, But Was Kidnapped And Raped: Report

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Jun. 11 2022, Published 1:02 p.m. ET

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A victim was raped by the man who gave her a ride after a night of drinking and now the suspect faces various charges.

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Around 4 a.m. on May 15, police in St. Paul, Minnesota, responded to a report of a woman who said she was raped by an unknown man, according to the St. Paul Pioneer-Press.

Officers met the victim at the hospital. She told the police she thought she was getting into Uber in Minneapolis and was taken to St. Paul, according to the Pioneer-Press. There the driver, identified as Francisco Alejandro Chale, 27, threatened to kill her and raped the woman.

The victim escaped and ran to a nearby house for help, according to the police.

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The victim said she went to a bar with friends and had “lots to drink,” according to the Pioneer-Press. She left to go a friend’s home but admitted to going in and out of consciousness.

She became more alert when she was in the car driven by an unknown man.

When the vehicle stopped, the victim said she tried to leave, but the suspect jumped on top and sexually assaulted her, according to the report. The woman tried to grab her phone, but Chale allegedly took it from her.

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The victim’s sister said she got a text saying “help” from the victim around 3:30 a.m.

The friend told police she was drunk and trying to find an Uber when the car pulled up and they got inside, according to the Pioneer-Press. They went to St. Paul and the driver touched both women. The friend got out of the car and the driver sped off, the report noted.

Video surveillance and cell phone data helped identify the suspect. This week, Chale was charged with kidnapping to facilitate a felony and first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the Pioneer-Press.

He told police that one of the women threw up and he stopped to help her move to the front seat, according to the report. He admitted to touching and kissing her but denied touching her private areas.

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