Man arrested for alleged sexual assault at grocery store parking lot

Joshua Snelling Photo: Olmsted County Jail. Joshua Snelling

Created: June 29, 2020 02:05 PM

(ABC 6 NEWS) - A 21-year-old woman said she was assaulted while putting her groceries away in the Cub Foods parking lot in Rochester Saturday night. 

The victim told police that around 10:30 p.m., Joshua Snelling, 43 from Rochester, showed up behind her while she was putting her groceries in her vehicle. She told police Snelling claimed he was a personal trainer at Planet Fitness and showed her his abs. She said he was looking at her body and suddenly grabbed her, forcing his hands down her pants.


Police said he also tried to bite and lick her and tried to pull up her shirt.  

The victim reported to police that he told her he was on cocaine and asked her if she wanted some.

Another woman in the parking lot saw this and told him to leave her alone.

The man then got into a pickup truck that someone else was driving and they drove away, reported police.

Police found Snelling at 2315 Park Ln SE. He was arrested on possible charges of 4th-degree criminal sexual conduct. The man's friends admitted they were at Cub Foods and Snelling was talking to a lot of women at the store. 

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