Kofi Yeboah's DNA leads to rape charge in 10-year old cold case

Kofi Yeboah is being held on $1 million bond.

Kofi Yeboah is being held on $1 million bond.

Ten years ago, an intoxicated woman at First Avenue accepted what she thought would be a ride home from a stranger. But instead, she was assaulted and raped.

Kofi Yeboah was the stranger, Minneapolis police say. They picked him up on Tuesday, and he was charged with criminal sexual conduct yesterday.

Yeboah's DNA brought the cops to his door, in an example of how real police work rarely speeds along at the pace of a CSI episode.


The woman filed a criminal complaint the day after the attack, describing how she was drunk and accepted the ride but ended up in the driver's home, refused to have sex with him, and was then beaten, strangled, and raped in the bathroom.

Later he blindfolded her, put her in his car and dropped her off at a friend's house, where she called the cops. They gave her ride to HCMC, where staffers took semen swabs and treated her bruises. The DNA samples were submitted to a convicted offender database.

And that was that, until 2009, when the DNA sample was included in a cold case review. The following year, the DNA was matched to Yeboah, because his DNA was in the system thanks to two prior sex offense convictions.

An excerpt from the complaint. <a href="">Download it by clicking here</a>.

An excerpt from the complaint. Download it by clicking here.

So, 10 years after the crime, MPD's Violent Criminal Apprehension Team tracked Yeboah down in Minneapolis and arrested him.

He denies ever seeing the woman and says he has no idea how his semen ended up in her body. He's being held on $1 million bond at Hennepin County jail.