Inver Grove Heights woman bleeds to death in result of sexual assault
The Star Tribune reported Friday that a 31-year-old Inver Grove Heights woman bled to death Tuesday after a sexual assault.
Police reported that Michael Sontoya allegedly assaulted Gabriele Romo in his home, which resulted in her death, then called police to report she was unconscious.
Sontoya pleaded not guilty on Thursday and was held at bail of $250,000.
According to the report, Romo and Smith were drinking at a bar in the Cathedral Hill neighborhood before the alleged assault took place.
Sontoya said that they came back to his home and had consensual sex, and there was blood all over the room when the finished.
When police arrived, some blood had been cleaned off the victim, but there was still blood in her naval and in her fingernails.
Police said that Romo died of internal injuries due to a sexual assault.
There was no evidence of a previous romantic relationship between Romo and Sontoya.