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It seems like lately the State Crime Lab has been getting to the bottom of a big pile of cold cases and identifying suspects. It was only back in March when I wrote a story about Leroy Gilliam being linked to a rape from 1996. Now, prosecutors have charged Deon (Mama Didn't Give Him A Middle Name, Apparently) Sinkfield with two rapes from the 1990s...
Sinkfield is accused of raping a 16-year-old female. The female accepted a ride from Sinkfield (read the words "allegedly" into all the rest of the allegations in this blog post) and found herself threatened with a knife and raped near 29th and Irving or 29th and James. Click here for the criminal complaint. Sinkfield also drove her to Folwell Park and raped her there. The rape happened August 31, 1994, but DNA in the case wasn't linked to Sinkfield until November of 2011. Sinkfield has a conviction for criminal sexual conduct that happened in 1992.
The complaint notes, dryly, "The Defendant is a suspect in three other "Cold Hit" sexual assault cases.
Here is one of them, click for criminal complaint. In that case, a female named LE (whose age is not given in the complaint) was walking near Penn and 35th when a vehicle pulled up. Three people with masks and guns forced her into the vehicle. Near 44th and Humboldt, two of the individuals got out of the vehicle. The remaining occupant of the vehicle drove to 44th and Bryant, where he raped the victim, pointing a gun at her as he did so. Then he drove her to a nearby park (the park is not named) took off her clothes and raped her some more.
He then drove her to 44th and Humboldt and pushed her out of the car; naked, one presumes, though the complaint isn't specific. She walked home. A cousin assisted her and specimens were collected. This was April 26, 1994. It was December of 2010 when the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension managed to link the DNA from the rape to Deon Sinkfield.
Those are the only two criminal complaints I have for Sinkfield. However, the complaints mention there were FOUR rapes and the jail roster lists four charges, including what appears to be two charge of sexual assault against victims under 13 years of age.
|1/1||CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT-1ST DEGREE-PENET OR CONTACT UNDER 13-ARMED W/DANGER WEAPON||MINNEAPOLIS PD||WARRANT||FELONY||$1,000,000|
BAIL SET BY DC
|1/2||CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT-1ST DEG-PENET OR CONTACT UNDER 13-FEAR GREAT BODILY HARM||MINNEAPOLIS PD||WARRANT||FELONY||$0||5/14/2013..13:30||DOWNTOWN Address|
|2/1||CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT-1ST DEGREE-PENET-ARMED W/DANGER WEAPON||MINNEAPOLIS PD||WARRANT||FELONY||$500,000|
BAIL SET BY DC
|2/2||CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONDUCT-1ST DEGREE-PENET-FEAR GREAT BODILY HARM||MINNEAPOLIS PD||WARRANT||FELONY||$0||5/14/2013..13:30||DOWNTOWN Address|
Wow. A million and a half dollars bail.
Sinkfield was arrested in September of last year and has been rotting in jail ever since but, oh, look! He has a hearing in mid-May.
On both the criminal complaints, Sinkfield's home address is listed as 2131 Queen Ave. N., a rental property owned by Gregory Martin. The address has appeared on the Hennepin County Jail Roster as the home of a guy named Matias Jefferson. Also, a couple different businesses have used this address, which is often the case with any Northside rental property; at some point in history there is almost always SOMEBODY claiming that address as the shining world headquarters of a thriving business empire worthy of big, fat bank loans.
(Toothy grin, rubbing hands together)
I'm just saying.
On the jail roster, Sinkfield lists a different address: 2649 James Ave. N.
That's very interesting, because the address in question is a PARCEL. There isn't even a HOUSE at that address. The parcel is, however, owned by a family member of Deon Sinkfield who has the same last name.
Candid blogger admission: Deon Sinkfield came to my attention because I was looking for a guy named Dominique Deshon Sinkfield who is named in a criminal complaint as suspected in the murder of Demetrius Harper.
It is unknown whether Deon Sinkfield (click here for mug shot) is any relation to Dominique Sinkfield.