A 30-year-old St. Cloud man is accused of strangling a woman at a Waite Park motel, according to a criminal complaint filed in Stearns County District Court.
Ahmed Mohamed Ahmed was charged Tuesday with felony domestic assault, fifth-degree felony possession of a controlled substance and a gross misdemeanor for interfering with a 911 call.
According to the criminal complaint, officers were sent to Asteria Inn & Suites in Waite Park on Saturday for a report of a domestic assault in progress. Officers were allowed inside the room and noticed a woman “was crying and motioned to her neck,” the complaint states.
The victim told police Ahmed had “strangled her which interfered with her breathing and that (he) punched her three times in the breast,” the complaint states. The victim also had a scratch on her chest.
Officers saw Ahmed attempting to put a plastic bag in his pocket that officers believe to be khat — also known as cathinone — which refers to the leaves and young shoots of the plant Catha edulis. Its use is widely accepted for use in certain African countries, but the stimulant is considered a controlled substance in the United States.
The substance, which weighed about 151 grams, is being sent to a lab for testing.
When officers asked him about the assault, Ahmed “was chewing on a green leafy substance and appeared to be under the influence,” the complaint states. He told officers he never hit the victim and that the bag of the leafy green substance belonged to her.
Ahmed also had a warrant for his arrest related to a separate fifth-degree possession charge.
On Monday, the victim gave another statement through a translator. She said “she wanted to leave the hotel and (Ahmed) became angry with her and she could not go,” the complaint states. The victim said she told Ahmed she was going to call the police so he took her phone.
The victim said Ahmed slapped her face and “placed his hand on her throat and squeezed at the same time he pulled her hair and she had a difficult time breathing and almost went unconscious,” the complaint states.
The victim told police she was able to push Ahmed off her but he then punched her multiple times in the chest. She told police the phone fell out of Ahmed’s pocket and she was able to call the police; Ahmed tried to grab the phone from the victim and it disconnected once, but she was able to call again.
Dispatch records show two 911 calls from that phone.
Ahmed’s next court appearance for both cases is scheduled for March 30.
Over at Human Rights Watch, they tell us that In Somalia, rape is “normal.” So why do we keep importing Somali Muslims to the U.S. and expecting a different outcome?