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Police: Rochester man arrested for brutally assaulting a young woman

Police: Rochester man arrested for brutally assaulting a young woman

(THE MED CITY BEAT) - A Rochester man was arrested Sunday evening for what police described as a "very violent" sexual assault.

A young woman first reported the abuse to police around 5 p.m. Sunday. She was able to escape the southeast Rochester home where Erik Narveson, 41, allegedly assaulted her multiple times.

When officers met up with the victim, she appeared "bloody and beaten" and had a swollen black eye, according to a police report.

Photo: Erik Narveson

The victim told police that the abuse began Saturday night following an argument. The two had been hanging out together, but Narveson became intoxicated and they decided to sleep in different rooms.

At some point in the night, Narveson woke the victim and began sexually assaulting her, police said. He then used rope and wire to tie the victim to him before sexually assaulting her several more times.

The following day, Narveson tied the victim to a pole in the basement while he went to a store to purchase cigarettes. According to the report, he also gagged her multiple times with a sock before leaving.

Narveson untied the victim when he returned to the home. At that point, he became suicidal and began making threats that the two were both going to die, police said. He also began taking pills and vomiting.

The victim eventually escaped the home through a window and called police using a cell phone. Narveson fled the scene on a bicycle. 

Officers located him about four hours later and arrested him. He faces a number of charges, including criminal sexual assault.

Narveson has a history of violent behavior, including the following convictions:

  • 4th-degree sexual assault in 1994 (Blue Earth County)
  • 3rd-degree assault in 1996 (Blue Earth County)
  • Misdemeanor domestic assault in 2010 (Hennepin County)

His criminal history also includes convictions for burglary, drug possession and driving while impaired. 


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