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Forum staff reports, Published June 05 2012

Accused Fargo rapist’s bail set at $100,000

FARGO – Bail was set at $100,000 cash or bond today for a 26-year-old Fargo man accused of raping a 16-year-old girl Saturday outside the Somali Business Center at 122 23rd St. S.

During his initial appearance in Cass County District Court, Bashir Abdi Noor also was ordered to have no contact with the alleged victim.

The girl told police that Noor grabbed her by the wrist, pulled her into an area between the building and fence on the north side of the business center and forced himself on her, court documents state.

The girl escaped and alerted others, who chased Noor, police said. He was arrested a block away.

Noor is charged with one Class AA felony count of gross sexual imposition. If convicted, he would face a mandatory minimum sentence of 20 years in prison and registration as a sex offender. The charge carries a maximum penalty of life imprisonment without parole.