A Minneapolis man is facing a rape charge after meeting a woman on Tinder.
Ahmed Mohamoud Haji Ali Ismail, 23, has been charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection to an incident last June.
According to charging documents, Ismail met a 21-year-old woman on the Tinder dating app. They had been speaking to each other for about a week via FaceTime prior to meeting.
The victim told investigators that Ismail picked her up to go on a dinner date at around 9:40 p.m. on June 10, 2018.
She got into his car, described as a green Ford sedan with duct tape on the rear passenger window, and after driving around for about 10 minutes, Ismail pulled over in a residential area nowhere near a restaurant.
She told police that Ismail then grabbed her by the head and pulled her in for a kiss, which she tried to deny only to have him pull her in again and force her to kiss him. He then became more aggressive, climbing on top of her in the passenger seat before raping her.
The woman said Ismail told her to shut up when she was crying and would choke her with one hand to the point that she nearly lost consciousness. In fear of being hurt worse or killed, she stopped fighting back.
After the sexual assault, she said Ismail forced her out of the car and she had to get dressed in the street and run home approximately two miles.
With help from her roommate, they went to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where she was treated and underwent a sexual assault examination. Ismail had blocked her on Tinder, but she had a screenshot of him from his Instagram and was able to identify him to police through his driver's license photo.
The next day, investigators contacted Ismail, who denied ever meeting the victim in person, claiming he was with his mother the night of the alleged assault.
Investigators later learned that Ismail had hired a lawyer, whom they worked with to obtain a DNA sample that matched oral swabs of the victim's mouth.
If convicted, Ismail faces up to 30 years in prison and/or a $40,000 fine.