32-year-old man charged in connection with rape in Uptown

The Hennepin County Attorney’s Office has charged a 32-year-old Minneapolis man with two counts of first-degree criminal sexual assault in connection with a rape that occurred in Uptown on June 24.

Demarcus Nasson Chaney was arrested July 30 after a probation officer saw a photo posted of him released by Minneapolis Police after the incident and reported it to the lead investigator on the case, according to the criminal complaint. Chaney is currently in custody at Hennepin County Jail. 

The complaint alleges that Chaney raped a female victim after he forced her into an alley at gunpoint near West 22nd Street and Garfield Avenue South. Police were on the scene by 2:40 a.m. to help the woman, who also had her cell phone stolen by Chaney.

Police later learned that her cell phone was sold outside the World of Wireless store in the Lyn-Lake area. They obtained surveillance video showing two black men selling the phone about eight hours after the rape occurred. Photos from the video were released to the media and within the Minneapolis Department, which prompted the probation officer to tip off police after he recognized Chaney. 

The victim had been walking home from Mortimer’s Bar when she was attacked. Chaney attempted small talk with her and then grabbed her by the arms and pulled her toward a grassy area and then an alley where she was raped, according to the complaint.

Testing on the semen collected from the victim’s sexual assault kit was matched to Chaney’s DNA profile after it was compared to samples in the convicted offender database. 

Each count of first degree criminal sexual conduct carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison.