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Ibrahim told police he had gone to the woman's house and taken her to a friend's apartment. After drinking, she wanted to leave and had taken his keys, Ibrahim said. He said they fought but he said he didn't rape her.
The lack of intervention in the St. Paul case calls to mind the 1964 murder of Kitty Genovese, who was stabbed to death outside an apartment building in New York City. Although as many as a dozen people saw parts of the attack, no one stepped in or immediately called for help.
Trying to raise awareness
In the main office of the Afton View Apartments on Thursday, manager Abdullahi Anshoor said he has made a point of encouraging new tenants to report all crimes to police. It's a message that is repeated at National Night Out events, too, he said.
Walsh, the police spokesman, said that the 911 dispatch staff currently has no Somali telecommunicators, but that efforts are underway to hire Somali-language speakers. Until that happens, he said, dispatchers can call translators for three-way communications.
Police make clear, too, Walsh said, that anyone wishing to report crimes can ask English-language speakers to relay the information to police.
The question of why so many people who must have been aware of the disturbance would not call Tuesday morning has yet to be easily answered.
Anshoor recognized a man on the video who was walking toward the man and woman and then turned around. Anshoor said he asked the man Tuesday why he did not report what he saw. The man replied: "I thought they were drunk. And I left."