Hospital rape suspect to appear in court

Jesse Weisbeck

Douglas W. Young, accused of raping a Fairview-University Medical Center patient last week, makes his first appearance at 9 a.m. on Friday at Hennepin County District Court.
Charges of third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct were brought against Young last Thursday after he was booked in Hennepin County Jail Tuesday evening.
An attorney will not be appointed to defend Young until his arraignment. Hennepin County Prosecutor Julius Nolen said he wouldn’t comment on the case until it reaches court.
According to Hennepin County Court documents, Young allegedly lured a 20-year-old female into his hospital room in the chemical dependency unit of the hospital Tuesday evening. Both Young and the victim were patients in the unit.
According to court documents, the victim sustained genital injuries and explained to police that she repeatedly told Young she didn’t want to have intercourse with him.
Police wouldn’t say when Young, 40, was admitted to the medical center. However, it was after serving an 18-month sentence in a Stillwater workhouse for two previous violent crime convictions. He concurrently served the sentence, starting in May 1996, for the two separate incidents.
In 1995 Young was convicted of attacking a friend with a broom handle and a frying pan, giving the victim multiple lacerations on the back of his head and impairing his vision with a swollen eye. Then, in 1996, Young was convicted of assaulting a female acquaintance by grabbing her around the throat after she spilled water on him.
Minneapolis police are still questioning a few people who might have information regarding the recent sexual assault, said Lt. Dale Barsness, an investigator in the Minneapolis police sex crimes division.
But due to the data privacy act, which protects the anonymity of chemical dependency patients in Minnesota, information is restricted even to police, he said.
“The privacy act has somewhat complicated the investigation,” Barsness said.