Driver allegedly rapes mentally impaired woman

  • Article by: PAUL WALSH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: September 26, 2008 - 8:41 PM

A Rogers man is accusing of assaulting her after picking her up in a medical transport van and driving to an alley.

A man driving a medical transport van in Minneapolis picked up a woman, stripped her and raped her, knowing she was mentally impaired, according to a criminal complaint.

Vladimir A. Yulchinchuk, 40, of Rogers, was charged with third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Various public records also list his last name as Yukhimchuk.

According to the complaint:

On June 18, Yulchinchuk picked up the woman after her appointment at Hennepin County Medical Center and drove into an alley behind her Minneapolis treatment facility about nine blocks away.

Yulchinchuk began touching her sexually and pulling at her clothing. He ordered her into the back of the van, where he stripped her and engaged in a sex act with her.

He then ordered the woman out of the van, which had the words "NAB Medical Transport" on the side.

The woman was described by the director of her treatment center as having "mental disorders, including paranoia, mild retardation, an IQ of 80 and a brain injury."

Yulchinchuk denied the allegations and said he did not know the woman.

The complaint says DNA semen samples taken from the woman match the DNA profile taken from Yulchinchuk.

Yulchinchuk was hired on a sub-contract basis with NAB Transport of Crystal about seven months before the assault, said NAB owner Natalie Vmitruk. She said he was fired "within a few minutes" after police told her about the allegations.

A background check on Yulchinchuk prior to his being hired came back "very clean," Vmitruk said, adding that she had no complaints about the driver before this case.

Vmitruk said the woman's ride was not arranged through NAB and that Yulchinchuk most likely picked her up on his own.

Paul Walsh • 612-673-4482

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