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UPDATE: Man Arrested in GF Sexual Assaults Case

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One man is behind bars in connection with the rape of two Grand Forks women at gunpoint, early Monday morning.  20-year old Antonio Matthews of Grand Forks faces 8 counts of gross sexual imposition, armed robbery, terrorizing and felonious restraint.

The two victims were allegedly, robbed and raped after Matthews allegedly broke into their apartment through a sliding glass door.  Valley News Teams Neil Carlson shows us how police made the arrest and what a neighbor has to say about Matthews.

A police officer spotted a man matching the description of the suspect at this Cenex on Gateway Drive.  Antonio  Matthews was identified and arrested for outstanding traffic warrants. Matthews was then charged in the sexual assault case, after questioning.

"As far as his background we're still looking at that," says Lt. Jim Remer. "To the best of my knowledge right now, he doesn't have any similar type of crimes in his background."

Matthews live in the apartment building at 3514 11th Avenue North in Grand Forks. A neighbor says he lived with a woman in apartment number twenty. We knocked on the door of Matthews apartment, but no one answered. His neighbor, just across the hall was willing to talk.

Jarad Bosch, Neighbor: "Always looking over his shoulder… always kind of acting different. He always seemed like he was up to no good."

Matthews apartment is only 200 feet from the apartment where the women were attacked at 2:00 a.m. Monday. Bosch says that's about the time Matthews returned to his apartment.

Jarad Bosch: "The night of the robbery there was a lot of shady activity going on. He had come home at 2:00 in the morning and was knocking on his door and wanted to be let in… yelling and screaming in the hallway… acting very suspicious."

  According to police, Matthews was armed with a gun when he attacked the 2 women. According to the criminal complaint, Matthews forced both women to have sexual intercourse with him. Then, he forced 1 of those victims to perform oral sex on him.

   Matthews made his initial court appearance late Wednesday afternoon. He remains in jail on a bond of 500-thousand dollars. He's asked for a court appointed attorney and his next court appearance is scheduled for October 30.

   The investigation is  ongoing and other charges are possible. Police say if anyone has any information in regards to this incident, they're asked to call Grand Forks Police at 787-8000.


Folks in a north side Grand Forks neighborhood remain on high alert.

  Police are still searching for a man wanted in connection with the brutal rape of two women at gunpoint, early Monday morning.

  The suspect is described as a heavy-set, black male in his early twenties with tattoos on his right hand and stomach.

  It happened at 2 a.m. Monday, in an apartment complex on 13 Avenue north, just across the street from the Simplot Plant on Gateway Drive.

  Police say the suspect broke into the women's apartment through a sliding glass door, then robbed and raped both women at gunpoint.

Reporter: "Does the suspect's description, including tattoos match any known sex offenders in your data base?"

Lt. Jim Remer, Grand Forks Police: "Those are things that we're checking. We haven't found a match at this point."

  Both women were taken to Altru Hospital for an exam, but they didn't need treatment for any serious injuries.

Reporter: "Were you able to get any possible DNA evidence from the suspect?"

Lt. Jim Remer: "We're not going to be able to go into the evidence that we've gathered."

  Next door neighbor, George Murray says,   he heard the 2 women running up and down the hallway… terrified. He says he brought them into his apartment, until police arrived.

George Murray, Victim's Neighbor: "We gave them some water and stuff and called the police. They told us some guy came in… invaded their home and we were just shocked. We did our best to lock down the apartment. Just do what any normal person would do. Try our best to take care of them."

   Female neighbors didn't want to appear on camera. But, one told me it's news that has made the walk to her car a scary one. The other says, she's always taken precautions.

Reporter: "Does it make you a little nervous?"

Woman: "A little bit. But we lock our door and know our neighbors pretty good."

Reporter: "Do you usually go in groups at night and early morning?"

Woman: "Yeah, we're always together."

  Meanwhile, the search for a dangerous sexual predator continues. If you have any information about this case you're asked to contact police immediately.

  Grand Forks police are also part of a new, regional  text a  tip program.  You can send an anonymous tip by texting the word "Tipster" and your information to: tip411.

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