Archie Ingersoll, Published February 21 2014
Rape suspect arrested as he applies for city tobacco permit in Moorhead
Daniel Omane, 31, of Frisco, Texas, was in custody Friday at the Clay County Jail awaiting extradition to Ransom County, N.D., where the charges were filed.
Moorhead City Clerk Michelle French said Omane planned to open a business called Hookahs on Main that would have taken the place of Pyromaniacs Smoke Shop at 815 Main Ave.
On Feb. 10, the City Council voted against renewing Pyromaniacs’ tobacco license after learning police had regularly received complaints of loud noise and parties at the business and at the home of owner Derek Bitar.
The next day, Omane came to City Hall and applied for a tobacco license, which requires a background check, French said.
On Thursday, Omane returned to City Hall to check on the status of his application, and French called city police to see if they had completed his background check. Police told French they would look into it, and about five minutes later, an officer arrived at City Hall and arrested Omane, she said.
According to a probable cause affidavit filed with criminal charges Feb. 7 in Ransom County District Court, Lisbon police officer Bryan Johnson responded to a call from Lisbon Area Health Services reporting an alleged sexual assault on Nov. 11.
In a joint interview with Johnson and health officials, the alleged victim said Omane raped her in a public park in Lisbon, N.D.
The girl told Johnson and the others she was worried Daniel Omane, who also goes by the name Kwame Omane, would retaliate against her. On Jan. 19, the affidavit alleges, the girl picked Omane out of a photo lineup.
Police searched messages exchanged between Omane and the girl on Facebook, as well as cellphone records, according to a search warrant filed with the charges.
Omane faces one count of Class AA gross sexual imposition and one count of Class C felony aggravated assault. The first charge carries with it a potential life sentence in prison, if convicted.
On Friday, a sign at Pyromaniacs said the store was closed for remodeling, and a phone message left at the store was not returned.
Readers can reach Forum reporter Archie Ingersoll at (701) 451-5734