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Man charged with assaulting St. Paul Park female who rejected his advances

A man is accused of breaking into the St. Paul Park apartment of a female who had refused his sexual advances and assaulting her.

Andrew J. Nelson, 21, of Woodbury, was charged with first-degree burglary and assault in connection with a March 8 incident in St. Paul Park. The first-degree charge is a felony.

According to the criminal complaint filed in Washington County District Court:

Nelson and a female returned to the apartment in the 1100 block of Fifth Street around midnight March 7. After drinking and playing cards for a few hours, Nelson allegedly started trying to engage the female in sexual activity. She declined and Nelson eventually fell asleep. They previously had been involved in a sexual relationship.

The next morning the female called friends to help get Nelson out of her apartment. He left but returned about a half-hour later demanding to know what had happened. When Nelson was not allowed in, he allegedly kicked a door and forced his way inside. He dragged the female out of the apartment and into a hallway, and then did it again after she got away. The female was covered in bruises, according to the complaint.

As police were speaking to the victim later, Nelson walked in and reportedly said: “It’s me you are looking for. I’m the one that did this. I deserve to go to jail. Arrest me right now.”

Nelson was booked into the Washington County jail. His next court appearance is scheduled for June 18.

Scott Wente

Scott Wente has been editor at the South Washington County Bulletin since 2011. He worked as a reporter at other Forum Communications newspapers from 2003 to 2011.

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