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Minnesota man jailed in Winona for home invasion and sexual assault



Nearly four months after a home invasion and sexual assault in St. Charles, a suspect has been captured.

Zane Pederson of Spicer, Minnesota was booked in the Winona County jail Tuesday on four criminal counts, including 2nd degree sexual conduct, burglary, and making terroristic threats.

Pederson’s bond is set at $1 million.

The armed home invasion happened in St. Charles early on the morning of November 18th.

A St. Charles woman says she was tied up, sexually assaulted three separate times, and threatened by an intruder.

Police say Pederson was the masked man who broke into the woman’s home and kept her captive for five hours.

Besides forcing her to have sex, the attacker reportedly threatened to shoot the victim and her young child.

Police used DNA evidence from sperm cells to identify Pederson as the attacker.

He admits to breaking into the victim’s house two nights in a row, with the assaults happening the second time.

A native of Prairie du Chien, Brad graduated from UW - La Crosse and has worked in radio news for more than 30 years, mostly in the La Crosse area. He regularly covers local courts and city and county government. Brad produces the features "Yesterday in La Crosse" and "What's Buried on Brad's Desk." He also writes the website "Triviazoids," which finds odd connections between events that happen on a certain date, and he writes and performs with the local comedy group Heart of La Crosse. Brad been featured on several national TV programs because of his memory skills.

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