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Bail at $200,000 for EGF man facing sexual, physical assault charges

Bail was set today at $200,000 for an East Grand Forks man suspected of physically and sexually assaulting a 51-year-old woman. Ronald Alfred Thomas, 51, is facing charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and three counts of first-d...

Bail was set today at $200,000 for an East Grand Forks man suspected of physically and sexually assaulting a 51-year-old woman.

Ronald Alfred Thomas, 51, is facing charges of first-degree assault, second-degree assault and three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, East Grand Forks Police Detective Rick Blazek said.

The woman was released from Altru Hospital on Sunday after being transported there Friday night with multiple injuries, Blazek said.

Officers responded to an East Grand Forks apartment building around 9:30 p.m. Friday and found the woman in a hallway. She told police she had been physically and sexually assaulted, according to a department news release.

The police later found and arrested Thomas in the apartment where the incident is said to have taken place, the release stated.

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Blazek said Thomas and the woman apparently met for the first time Friday. The alleged assault took place sometime in the afternoon or evening hours, he said.

Thomas is being held at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center in Crookston. His next court date has not been slated, according to the Polk County Clerk of Court's office.

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