The Roy Man faces sexual assault charges at Rochester hotel

Rochester, MN (KROC-AM News) – Prosecutors have charged a Le Roy man with two crimes related to a sexual assault case that originated at a Rochester hotel in July 2021.

The criminal complaint filed Tuesday against Brian Bird, 48, accuses him of sexually assaulting an adult woman twice in a hotel room on Bandel Rd. in Rochester on July 26. The woman told investigators she and her roommate were out for a walk when her roommate talked about meeting a man.

The complaint says Bird then picked up the victim and his roommate in a van and drove them to the hotel. The victim told police she tried to escape from the van but her roommate locked her inside. She had also expressed a desire to leave on several occasions, but was refused, according to the complaint.

The roommate then pulled the victim into the hotel through a side door and then into a room where she and Bird stopped the victim from leaving. The complaint states that Bird then sexually assaulted the victim and stopped when the victim threatened to vomit.

The roommate and Bird then engaged in sexual activity and asked the victim to join. She initially refused to join them, but complied after the housemate gave her a “mean look”, according to the complaint. Bird then allegedly sexually assaulted the victim for the second time before returning her and her roommate to their residence.

If you or someone you know has been sexually assaulted, resources are available to help you. Visit the RAINN website (Rape, Abuse, and Incest National Network) or call 800-656-HOPE (800-656-4673).

The victim wrote her account of the reported sexual assault in a letter and corroborated the story during an interview with a Rochester Police Department investigator. Investigators confirmed Bird was at the hotel with two women on the night of July 26, 2021. The roommate told investigators the victim consented to everything that happened that night, according to the complaint.

Bird is charged with first and third degree criminal sexual conduct. He was scheduled to appear in Olmsted County Court on October 25.

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