Mandan News

Man arrested in connection with rape

A man accused of raping a Mandan woman has been arrested.

Ronald Harvey Cuthbertson, 56, was placed into custody on May 9 at the Warroad, Minn., Port of Entry, as he was trying to gain entry into the United States from Canada. He was listed as a suspect in an ongoing sexual imposition investigation.

A 48-year-old woman reported on April 23 that she had met a man at the Lonesome Dove in Mandan on April 21. The woman said she had danced and talked with the man for a couple of hours and offered him a ride to his semi.

The woman told the Mandan Police that she wanted to look inside the truck, and when she climbed the steps, the man pushed her inside. Once in the truck, the man took off the woman’s clothes and raped her.

The suspect was charged on May 3 with Class AA felony gross sexual imposition. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

Border patrol agents took custody of Cuthbertson and his commercial vehicle. The North Dakota Bureau of Investigations and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension executed a search warrant on his vehicle at the time he was apprehended.

At this time, Cuthbertson is at the Roseau County Minnesota Jail awaiting extradition.

-Brian L. Gray