Superior Rape + Kidnapping Suspect Previously Charged For Possessing 200 Pounds Of Marijuana With Intent To Distribute
The Superior Man in St. Louis County Jail on kidnapping and rape charges stemming from a Duluth incident last summer is now facing a second set of the exact same charges for a different case that happened since then. The two sets of charges are the result of an investigation into "a yearlong series of actions" taken by the suspect.
Dakota Daniel Thorestenson, 28, is being held in the St. Louis County Jail without bail, pending a court date.
Authorities are also sharing that this isn't the first time Thorestenson has faced serious charges. One case in particular - a drug-related charge - resulted in federal prison time.
In 2018, Thorestenson was convicted of "possessing more than 200 pounds of marijuana with an intent to distribute" in a case in the state of Idaho. It's due in part to the nature of that crime and the conviction, that he's not being offered bail in this case.
In the most-recent case, authorities allege that Thorestenson "abducted his then-girlfriend from a downtown bar, drove her to her West Duluth home and tackled her when she tried to escape". Law enforcement then alleges that the suspect "took the woman to his Superior residence, where he bound her with rope and duct tape as he beat and raped her".
The earlier case was the culmination of an lengthy investigation that the Superior Police performed at the end of last year. As part of the interview with the police, that victim shared that Thorestenson "abused her mentally, physically, and sexually while they dated". This culminated in a kidnapping from a Duluth bar in July. Once the suspect had the victim in his car, she alleges the he brought her to a dead end; she briefly escaped, but Thorestenson "tackled her" during which point she blacked out. She briefly remembers coming to a conscious state at the suspects house while he assaulted her. That assault eventually led to a rape incident, during which the victim went "in and out of consciousness". The suspect later brought her to a bathtub to "give her a cold shower to shock her body back awake". The incident culminated in a trip to the hospital, where the couple gave an excuse about "being jumped after leaving the bar".
That same victim detailed numerous other incidents that occurred during the course of their involvement.
According to the St. Louis County Jail booking information, Thorestenson faces the following current charges:
- 3rd degree Assault
- 5th degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- 3rd degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- 1st degree Criminal Sexual Conduct
- A US Marshall's Hold
- Kidnapping - to Commit Great Bodily Harm/Terrorize
- Kidnapping - to Facilitate Felony of Flight
- Domestic Assault
Each of the charges - except the Domestic Assault - are felonies.