Publish date:

Charges: Ham Lake man linked to 10 sexual assaults, other crimes in Minneapolis, Anoka County

The alleged crimes took place between 2013 and 2020.
Jory Wiebrand

A 34-year-old Ham Lake man suspected of numerous sexual assault crimes in Minneapolis was charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with the first of what police say will be a series of charges. 

Jory Wiebrand was arrested Friday in connection to an alarming number of crimes in which young women in the Dinkytown and Marcy-Holmes neighborhoods were targeted over several years.

The charges filed Monday – one count each of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree burglary related to an alleged sexual assault – are in connection to a crime that happened Aug. 7, 2019 at a home in the 700 block of 4th Street Southeast in Minneapolis. 

A criminal complaint explains that a woman returned home from working late and after she got out of the shower around 4 a.m., walked into her bedroom and was attacked. 

She was able to fight her attacker off despite being sexually assaulted and pepper-sprayed. After the attacker fled, she informed investigators that he was a white male in his 30s with a shortly trimmed, reddish-brown beard with acne scars on his face. 

The only words her attacker said were: "I'm your worst nightmare." 

She was examined at a hospital, having sustained multiple abrasions and contusions to her chest, back, knees, arms, eyes, and cheek, the complaint says. 

DNA swabs taken from the victim eliminated 99.9992% and 99.99998% of the population, respectively, from being involved in the assault, but the samples did not eliminate Wiebrand. 

Wiebrand is linked to nine other sexual assaults, assaults, and burglaries that happened between 2013 and 2020 in the same Minneapolis area and Anoka County, the criminal complaint states. More charges are expected in due time. 

Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said Monday that Wiebrand is also being charged with first-degree burglary and criminal predatory conduct in a June 2, 2019 break-in.

"These charges are the result of excellent police work by a number of agencies and we expect to file charges in additional cases soon," Freeman said. "Until last week, Mr. Wiebrand’s DNA was not on file with any police agency, so developing a fingerprint and getting a match from an earlier, unrelated arrest allowed police to identify him as a suspect and seek a search warrant to obtain his DNA. 

"While we need to prove his guilt in court, if we are successful, we will seek an enhanced sentence so he will be unable to terrorize women for a long time."

Sign up for our BREAKING NEWS newsletters

Residents in the neighborhoods most commonly associated with the attacks were warned in March to stay aware of their surroundings, avoid walking alone and remain in areas with good lighting. Other recommendations made by police: 

  • Keep your cellphone charged and accessible.
  • Find out how your phone can make an emergency call while still being locked.
  • Switch up your route when walking home or to your car.
  • Be aware when taking out your garbage or recycling.
  • Keep your doors and windows lock.
  • Lock your car doors while inside your vehicle.

"We want people to be aware of their surroundings, particularly when they're in parking lot areas, when they're going in and out of their cars, when they're taking out their garbage and being around dumpsters," said Minneapolis Deputy Chief Erick Fors.

"Areas that are somewhat secluded and are off the normal pathway, we want people to be aware of their surroundings when they're walking by themselves."

Next Up

718 W Broadway Ave, Minneapolis, Minnesota - July 2019

SUV driver kills woman on mobility scooter, flees scene

The white SUV involved in the hit-and-run "will have significant damage to the front," according to police.

police lights

Man in custody after shooting at police near high school in Oakdale

Police fired back, but no one was hurt by gunfire.

Bashaud Breeland

Mike Zimmer says Bashaud Breeland tweet wasn't aimed at fans

The Vikings cornerback sent the tweet after Sunday's win over the Lions.

Devondre Trevon Phillips (left), pictured in 2012, and Terry Lorenzo Brown (right), pictured in 2020.

Murder charges in food hall mass shooting reveal details from chaotic scene

Two people face a dozen felonies apiece in connection with the deadly shootout.

Mischief Toy Store - Facebook

MN toy store responds to 1-star review over mask requirement

"If that's not OK with you then please don't come back," the toy store wrote.

Screen Shot 2021-10-10 at 7.07.37 AM

After mass shooting, food truck hall will 'remain closed in the coming days'

The St. Paul business posted an update Monday afternoon.

Screen Shot 2021-10-11 at 2.59.25 PM

Zimmer on Cousins: 'He kind of gave me a shove and I shoved him back'

Just two football guys doing football things, apparently.

eagle mountain trailhead minnesota

Rescuers hit with tornado warning, large hail while saving injured hiker

The hiker was experiencing a medical emergency on the trail to Eagle Mountain.

Screen Shot 2021-06-04 at 6.30.24 AM

County attorney: Winston Smith killing justified, no charges for deputies

The prosecutor who reviewed the case recommended against any criminal charges for officers involved.

halloween trick or treat

Dr. Fauci says trick-or-treating this year is OK, 'enjoy it'

“Particularly if you’re vaccinated, you can get out there ... and enjoy it," the nation's top infections disease doctor said.


COVID cases growing faster in Minnesota than anywhere else in US

But there's a bit more to the story when also considering hospitalizations and deaths.

wikimedia commons - old country buffet - Snade6

MN company buys Old Country Buffet brand — but will it reopen?

BBQ Holdings acquired the brand as part of a larger deal.


John Elder

Police: Sexual assault attempt in Dinkytown in broad daylight

Police are advising the public to stay alert and vigilant.

Anoka Middle School for Arts

Charges: Former Anoka teacher sexually assaulted 4 teenage boys

The assaults occurred between 2010-2019, court documents say, when the boys were as young as 14.

2 Gopher wrestlers will not be charged for alleged sexual assault

The June 2019 incident has been under investigation for months.

Charges: Serial rapist in Minneapolis targeted women online

The 24 year old was arrested after an alleged attack on March 18.


Minneapolis basketball coach charged with sexually assaulting child athlete

Aaron Hjermstad had worked at the charter school Mastery School and Hospitality House Youth Development in Minneapolis

Anoka Middle School for Arts

Former Anoka school staffer being investigated for sexual assault

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office is encouraging victims of sexual assault to report to law enforcement.