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Charges: Man impersonates police officer, rapes woman in Fridley

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A Brooklyn Park man is facing first-degree criminal sexual conduct and kidnapping charges after he allegedly impersonated a police officer and raped a woman in Fridley last month.

The Star Tribune reports 35-year-old Gideon Charles Arrington II was arrested in Brooklyn Center Tuesday evening and is being held at the Anoka County Jail. Bail was set at $1 million.

According to the criminal complaint, a 35-year-old woman was getting into her car in the afternoon of Nov. 23 when Arrington approached her, told her he was a detective and began asking her questions, KARE 11 reports.

She left the area to run errands and returned. Arrington approached her a second time and stuck what she believed to be a gun in her back. She told investigators that Arrington threatened to shoot her if she refused to get in his SUV.

The complaint states Arrington handcuffed, blindfolded and drove the victim to an unknown location, where she was raped at least twice. After each assault, Arrington "scrubbed her entire body with a bleach-type solution," according to the complaint. He also washed her clothes.

Arrington later dropped the victim off, put $2 in her coat pocket and told her to walk to a bus stop. She was able to flag down a cab and the driver called police.

A DNA analysis was able to match semen taken from the victim's body to the suspect through a convicted-felon national database, the Star Tribune says.

Arrington was imprisoned until August 2011 for aggravated robbery. A Minnesota Department of Corrections spokeswoman told the newspaper that the man's supervised release expired on Dec. 19, 2012.

similar incident occurred near the University of Minnesota less than 12 hours later. University police said a 22-year-old female student was walking just off campus when she was approached by a man wearing a badge in an SUV.

Heeding the warning from the man about the dangers of walking alone, the woman got into his vehicle, only to be kidnapped, sexually assaulted and eventually released.

The Anoka County Sheriff's Office said the two crimes could be related, but Minneapolis police refuted that, saying there are many differences in the two cases, KSTP reports.

More information should be released later Thursday afternoon.

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