Man convicted for attempted rape in Uptown

A Hennepin County jury has convicted Keith Washington, 39, of Minneapolis for first-degree attempted criminal sexual assault for attempting to rape a woman in Uptown Dec. 6.

Washington, a registered sex offender, is expected to be sentenced to life in prison. He was found guilty of two counts of criminal sexual conduct, one count of first-degree robbery and one count of first-degree assault.

Washington grabbed a woman on the 2800 block of Emerson Avenue around 4:30 a.m. Dec. 6, according to the charges filed against him. He choked her until she passed out. Two adults walked by and reported hearing muffled screams and seeing a man on top of the victim. They asked if she was OK and Washington said, “She’s fine,” according to the charges.

Police later found Washington with the woman’s cellphone and ID card. He also had belongings of another woman who told police that she had been choked to the point of unconsciousness and sexually assaulted a few blocks away. That case was dropped because the woman was not available to testify against Washington, according to the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.

Washington was also convicted of rape in 2000.