St. James Man Criminal Sex Charges 13 Sep 13

A St. James man has been charged with multiple counts of 1st-degree criminal sexual conduct over allegations that he raped a woman at knifepoint.  58-year-old Juan Arturo Fernandez-Perez is accused of sexually assaulting the 36-year-old woman at his apartment in St. James almost 2 weeks ago, but the victim did not report the crime to police until earlier this week. The woman was apparently there to clean his apartment when Fernandez-Perez allegedly allegedly shut and locked the door and grabbed her by the hair and forcefully threw her against the walls of the apartment as well as some furniture. He then allegedly led her into his bedroom at knifepoint and raped her. Fernandez-Perez remains in custody in the Watonwan County Jail with a $50,000 bond, and his next court appearance is September 17th. The incident remains under investigation.