A woman was raped in the bathroom of a downtown Minneapolis strip club by a man she had just met briefly that night, according to authorities.
Jose Francisco Aplicano-Ramos, 25, of Chaska, was charged Monday in Hennepin County District Court with third-degree criminal sexual conduct in connection with the encounter shortly after 2 a.m. on Feb. 2 at the Spearmint Rhino Gentlemen’s Club in the 700 block of Hennepin Avenue S.
A nationwide warrant has been issued for Aplicano-Ramos’ arrest, with an initial bail set of $100,000.
According to the complaint:
Police met with the woman down the block from the club. She was crying and “appeared very upset,” and her clothes were disheveled.
She said that a man she had just met, later identified by police as Aplicano-Ramos, sexually assaulted her in the bathroom.
While in the club that night, she said, she had a few drinks, began to feel ill and went outside to smoke a cigarette. That’s when a man came up and started talking to her.
The woman went back inside the club, walked directly to a one-person bathroom and locked the door.
After a few minutes, Aplicano-Ramos entered the bathroom despite it having been locked and directed the ailing woman to breathe.
She told Aplicano-Ramos to get out, but he pinned her against the sink and raped her despite her pleas to stop.
Aplicano-Ramos told police under questioning that the sex was consensual. He was booked into jail that morning and then released two days later as the investigation continued.