Willmar man accused of raping woman in a wheelchair
WILLMAR — A Willmar man is in custody in the Kandiyohi County Jail on two charges of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, accused of an alleged sexual assault of a woman using a wheelchair.
Anthony Parnell Jones, 27, made his first appearance Thursday in Kandiyohi County District Court. Bail was set at $40,000 for unconditional release and $5,000 for conditional release.
Jones' next court date is scheduled for April 29.
Jones is accused of raping a woman while he had reason to know she was physically helpless and mentally impaired.
The alleged assault took place Jan. 18 in a Willmar apartment. The woman is wheelchair bound due to disabilities, according to court records. The evening of Jan. 17, the woman allegedly went to visit Jones at his apartment. They had known each other for a few months.
The woman told police what had happened to her after Jones himself called law enforcement for help getting the woman out of his apartment. The woman said she spoke with Jones at his door, and he gave her a beer.
Jones allegedly invited her in for another drink and pulled his pants down when she was inside the apartment. When she told him to pull his pants up, the woman said, Jones allegedly tried to push her face toward his genitals. She told him to leave her alone.
Jones allegedly kept offering drinks to the woman and said he wanted to have sex with her. He would ask her if she was drunk yet and kept bringing up sex, the woman said.
When the woman went to use the bathroom, she was dizzy and fell to the floor. According to the criminal complaint, Jones allegedly raped her while she was lying face down on the bathroom floor. The woman said she vomited afterward.
Jones then told her to leave or he would call the police. When police officers arrived, they found the woman partially unclothed on the bathroom floor and took her to the emergency room. She allegedly had bruises on her arms and legs and she described the sexual assault.
According to the criminal complaint, Jones told police that the woman fell in the bathroom and could not get up, so he called for help. He denied having sexual contact with her and said the woman got on the bathroom floor intentionally. He allegedly told police officers than his DNA would not be found on the woman.
A DNA analysis by the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension identified semen and found a Y-chromosomal profile matching Jones.