On October 7 around 1:30 p.m. Peijan Hodges, a 22-year-old homeless man, grabbed a woman in the busy Ramp C parking garage in downtown Minneapolis and forced her in between two parked cars, according to charges he pleaded guilty to last Friday.
Luckily the woman fought and yelled for help, and eventually a man exiting the elevator was able to scare him off. Three hours later Hodges was at it again.
This time he entered the Ramp C elevator on the sixth floor and followed a woman who got off on the seventh floor to her car.
He held her door open, took her keys and began raping her in the backseat. The victim was able to hit her car horn a few times, which attracted three bystanders.
One of the bystanders, a man referred to in the charges as Witness C, chased Hodges down the stairs and grabbed him outside of the ramp, but Hodges wrestled free and escaped around Fourth Street.
That night Minneapolis police began distributing a photo of Hodges caught on the parking ramp's security cameras. Two days later, two officers looking for Hodges stopped to show his picture to a cop working a traffic detail.
The traffic cop looked up and said, "You mean that guy over there?" All the officers looked across the street and saw Hodges standing right there.
He was arrested and hit with four felony sexual assault charges stemming from the two incidents. Hodges pleaded guilty in Hennepin County Court Friday afternoon and Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said he will likely spend 15 years in prison.
His sentencing is March 2.
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