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Charges filed against man accused of downtown Green Bay sexual assault

Published: Oct. 6, 2021 at 3:35 PM CDT|Updated: Oct. 13, 2021 at 5:30 PM CDT
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Due to the nature of the crime, some details may be found disturbing. Read at your discretion.

GREEN BAY, Wis. (WBAY) - UPDATE: Formal charges have been filed against a 19-year-old Green Bay man who is accused of sexually assaulting a woman during the early morning hours on Friday, October 1.

According to court documents, Di’Anthony Rowe has been charged with one felony count of Second Degree Sexual Assault. He has also been charged with one misdemeanor count of Possession of Tetrahydrocannabinols, also known as THC.

The criminal complaint states officers were called to the 100 block of E. Walnut Street shortly before 3:30 a.m. for a report of a man who had reached down a woman’s pants and touched her inappropriately.

When they arrived, an officer spoke with the victim, as well her friends, who had recently come back from the bars in the downtown area.

The victim told police she and her friends saw a man asking for water when they came back. She and her friends went up to her residence, and then she went back downstairs to give him water, according to the complaint. The victim went on to say she did not know the man, who was wearing a green ski mask, gray pants and a gray sweatshirt. Documents state he had told the victim and her friends when they arrived he had a friend on the 4th floor of the building, but couldn’t get in touch with her.

After giving him water and a smoothie, the complaint states the victim asked the man why he was there, and was standing about 10 feet away from him. It goes on to say the man looked outside the glass doors from the chair he was sitting on, and then in mid-conversation, put his hand down the victim’s pants, under her underwear and grabbed her vagina without her permission. The victim states she then screamed and began punching him, and also told him to stop, which he didn’t.

Eventually, she said the man ran outside, and hid in the building before calling her friends, who then called police.

Documents state the victim told police that “it almost felt like a joke to him because he did it in mid-conversation and initially he started laughing when he put his hand down her pants.”

Police were eventually able to identify the suspect as Rowe. The complaint states they then contacted his manager, who provided video of Rowe arriving to work and then clocking out. They say the video showed he was not at work when the assault happened, and he was wearing the same clothing shown in the surveillance video that was reviewed of the assault.

Documents state Rowe was arrested at his home for 2nd Degree Sexual Assault Using Force. When he was questioned about it, he denied sexually assaulting the victim, saying instead he robbed her of a wallet that he later threw in the Fox River while he ran across the Walnut Street bridge. The complaint says Rowe told police his hand went towards the victim’s vaginal area because that’s where he said she kept her wallet.

While searching Rowe, officer say they removed a bag containing a leafy green material, loose pieces of the leafy material, and a clear plastic bag. The material was tested, and it came back positive for marijuana, which contains THC.

The victim told police she did not have a wallet on her that night. In addition, documents state the video reviewed by police showed she was wearing a purse, and Rowe never attempted to take the purse off of her.

When asked why he didn’t try to take the victim’s purse, he said it was because he wanted to get her wallet.

Investigators gathered DNA from Rowe to see if it matched with evidence taken from the victim, who had told police she hadn’t showered or changed clothes after the alleged assault.

If convicted of both charges, Rowe could face up to a $101,000 fine, spend 40 years in prison, or both. In addition, the complaint states the court may also suspend his driving privileges for at least six months, but no more than five years.

During an initial court appearance on Wednesday, Rowe’s bond was set at $25,000.

He is scheduled to have another court appearance next week on Thursday.

UPDATE: Police say a man they have been working to identify regarding a sexual assault case is now in custody.

According to Green Bay police, a man who is believed to have attacked a female in the 100-block of Walnut St. on the east side of the river during the early morning hours on Friday, October 1 has been arrested. The man had last been seen running across the Walnut Street bridge, heading west.

The name of the man’s identity has not been released, however police say the man is 19-years-old.

No other details about the incident, or the suspect, have been released.

The victim did not know the male.

Anyone who might have information to help investigators can provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867, online at 432stop.com, or with the free P3 Tips app for iPhones and Android phones. You can also speak with Detective Brey at (920) 448-3200 ext. 0275 or Detective Kingston at (920) 448-3222.

Action 2 News will continue to update this story as more details become available.

INITIAL REPORT: Green Bay police now say a person whose photographs they released last week is a suspect in a sexual assault.

Green Bay police believe he attacked a female in the 100-block of Walnut St. on the east side of the river in the early morning hours of Friday, October 1. He was last seen running west across the Walnut St. bridge.

The victim didn’t know him.

Police hope someone recognizes this male or his clothing, or remembers seeing any suspicious activity around the 100-block of Walnut and 100-block of N. Washington streets about the same time.

Anyone who might have information to help investigators can provide information anonymously through Crime Stoppers at (920) 432-7867, online at 432stop.com, or with the free P3 Tips app for iPhones and Android phones. You can also speak with Detective Brey at (920) 448-3200 ext. 0275 or Detective Kingston at (920) 448-3222.

Action 2 News will provide updates on this case when they become available.

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