Homeless man charged with raping Minnesota woman who let him stay at her house
ST. PAUL—A woman let a homeless friend stay at her St. Paul home last week along with her three children. While she was sleeping, he crept into her room and raped her, charges say.
Luke Michael Johnson, 23, of Billings, Mont., was charged Monday with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, according to the criminal complaint filed against him in Ramsey County District Court.
The 24-year-old year old woman was sleeping in her room on the second floor last Wednesday night when Johnson suddenly climbed into her bed, the complaint said.
She told him to leave, but Johnson became aggressive and tried to strangle her, charges say. Then he sexually assaulted her, authorities report.
The woman left early the next morning with her three children and dropped them off at a safe location before going to work. A colleague encouraged her to get a sexual assault examination at a local hospital, the complaint said.
Johnson allegedly texted her twice that morning asking her whether everything was OK.
"Hey is everything okay? I kind of blacked out last night after smoking that," the first text read.
"Well I hope I did nothing wrong," read the second, according to the complaint.
Police later discovered Johnson asleep in the woman's living room. He was arrested and declined to give a statement to officers, the complaint said.
The woman reportedly let Johnson stay at her house on occasion when he was not riding trains across the country, charges say. He reportedly does not have a permanent home.
Johnson has no criminal record in Minnesota. Neither he nor his relatives could be immediately reached for comment.