A Minneapolis man faces felony charges after prosecutors say he brutally assaulted and raped his girlfriend in her downtown apartment earlier this month, leaving her clinging to life.
Eric Dufton Anderson, 51, has been in jail since his Jan. 18 arrest, and was later charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct and first-degree assault, both felonies. Bond was set for $500,000. The woman suffered a life-threatening brain injury, police said.
On the morning of Jan. 17, paramedics were called to a sixth-story apartment in the Continental Hotel — a former apartment building that’s been converted into housing for homeless people. Residents reported hearing a woman screaming that she “could not get up,” a search warrant affidavit filed in the case said.
The woman was taken to HCMC and listed in critical condition with 51 documented injuries, according to a criminal complaint filed in Hennepin County District Court.
Detectives later reviewed surveillance video that showed Anderson standing outside of the victim’s door while she screamed. Court records show that Anderson has no prior criminal history. Attempts to reach his court-appointed attorney were unsuccessful.