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"Suspect arrested in abduction, rape," Star Tribune

Since it's opening in 2004, the Metro Transit's light-rail system has seen no rapes or kidnappings occur on it's property until the early morning hours of Oct. 4.

A 20-year-old man approached a woman waiting for a train on the 38th Street platform around 2:00 a.m. Saturday and held a gun to her back and verbally threatened her. He then brought her to a apartment complex east of Hiawatha Avenue and to it's laundry facility. He beat and raped her and stole her purse. She went to a friends house nearby and called police.

The victim was able to remember key details to the abduction that aided in his arrest. All 17 light-rail stations are outfitted with surveillance cameras and proved useful in this case. "Once again, the importance of transit surveillance video has been affirmed," said Transit Police Chief Dave Indredhus to the Star Tribune.

The suspect is being held at the Hennepin County Jail.

There have been six fewer rapes in Minneapolis than at this time last year according to Minnapolis Police statistics.