Six weeks after beating, victim remains in a coma

A vicious beating and suspected rape of a 29-year-old woman late at night near E. Lake Street has left the victim in a coma for more than six weeks, and police are pleading with the public for help finding whoever carried out the attack.

The woman, who is in critical condition at Hennepin County Medical Center, was found on the ground about 1 a.m. on Sept. 3 in the 2900 block of 12th Avenue S. suffering from “a severe head wound,” police said in a statement.

Police have yet to locate any witnesses to the attack, prompting them to announce a cash reward for anyone who provides information leading to an arrest and conviction.

The injuries to the woman were so severe, police spokesman John Elder said Wednesday, that the case has been classified as an assault with a dangerous weapon. It’s not certain what type of object was used for a weapon, he added.

Officers who arrived at the scene also suspected she had been raped, Elder said, but the victim’s unconscious state since she was beaten has made it difficult for investigators to pursue that aspect of the case.

Anyone with information about this crime is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (8477) or send an anonymous text message to CRIMES (274637) and begin the message with TIP674.



St. Louis Park

Man hospitalized after seizure in hotel pool

A 25-year-old man was transported to a hospital after having a seizure at a St. Louis Park hotel pool, authorities confirmed Wednesday night.

St. Louis Park Police were dispatched to the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel at 1500 Park Place Blvd. around 8:20 p.m. on a report of a medical emergency. Upon arrival, they learned an adult male had suffered a seizure while in the pool and nearly drowned. It remains unclear when exactly the seizure occurred, said city spokeswoman Jacqueline Larson.

He was transported to Hennepin County Medical Center, where his condition was unknown late Wednesday.

Liz Sawyer