2 men charged with forcing student to strip, threatening him with meat saw


Two Winona men have been charged for allegedly forcing a 19-year-old college student into a warehouse in Winona, ordering him to take off his clothes and threatening him with a meat saw.

The two suspects, John Demaske, 45, and Abdirhahman Samatar, 34, were charged Monday in Winona County with false imprisonment, second-degree assault with a dangerous weapon and terroristic threats, KSTP reports.

The incident occurred early Sunday morning. The victim told police he was on his way back to his dorm after attending a house party when he got lost. He said two men he didn't know approached him and began yelling at him, and forced him into a nearby warehouse.

He said they then ordered him to remove all his clothes, and threatened to sexually assault him and harm him with a band saw that was inside the building, according to the Star Tribune. He said the suspects asked him about items they believed he had stolen from them.

The victim told police he was inside the warehouse for about 30 minutes before he escaped and began yelling for help.

When police arrived, they arrested the two suspects inside the warehouse.

Demaske told police someone had taken $400 from his shop two days earlier, and he thought the victim might be trying to steal from him again. He and Samatar each blamed the other for turning on the meat saw and threatening the victim, according to the Star Tribune.

Demaske posted bond and was released from jail. Samatar remains in custody, the paper notes.

Authorities have not released the student’s identity or where he attends college.

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