Good Samaritan interrupts alleged St. Paul rape, chases after and fights suspect
Alba-Salmeron was left scraped and bruised after a Good Samaritan fought him for allegedly raping a woman.
Raul Calkins was walking home from a party around 3 a.m. Sunday near East Sidney and Mt. Hope Streets in St. Paul when he heard a woman crying out from the side of the road. He looked to see what was going on and saw a woman naked from the waist down and a man running from the scene.
Calkins, 26, gave chase and caught up with the man, later identified as 30-year-old Dario Alba-Salmeron. According to police, he started fighting Alba-Salmeron, then gave chase again after an SUV driven by a woman scooped up Alba-Salmeron and drove off.
Moments later, police responding to a report of a street fight pulled over the SUV with Alba-Salmeron inside. KARE, citing police documents, reports that Alba-Salmeron was bloody, smelled of alcohol, had bruises on his face, and had his belt loosened and zipper down.
Calkins, still giving chase after the fight, came running toward the scene, and once he saw Alba-Salmeron, he yelled, "That's the guy, that's the guy."
Police then doubled back and caught up with the half-naked woman whose cries initially caught Calkins's attention. She was sobbing uncontrollably and told officers she'd been raped by Alba-Salmeron, who she didn't know but recognized from the Mazatlan Bar.
The Pioneer Press, citing police documents, reports that Alba-Salmeron later acknowledged having sex with the 42-year-old woman but said she'd "offered" it. He told officers he believed the woman, who he characterized as a "crack whore," was setting him up for a robbery when they had sex in tall grass by the side of the road.
In response, the investigator pointed out that "it would be odd for a female to participate in a robbery set-up where she allows the defendant to have sex with her for approximately 10 minutes before her accomplices arrive to rob him," the complaint says.
Alba-Salmeron has been charged with a felony criminal sexual conduct charge that could land him in prison for up to 15 years.
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