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St. Paul Man Charged, Accused of Raping 3 Women at Gunpoint

Thirty-eight-year-old Larry Donnell Griffin of Maplewood Photo: Ramsey County Sheriff's Office
Thirty-eight-year-old Larry Donnell Griffin of Maplewood

November 10, 2016 04:11 PM

A St. Paul man is facing multiple charges after prosecutors say he raped three women at gunpoint in St. Paul.

Thirty-eight-year-old Larry Donnell Griffin has been charged with six counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, four counts of kidnapping and two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery.

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The incidents happened Aug. 30, Sept. 16 and Oct. 25.
 

READ: Police: Man Arrested in Connection to St. Paul Stranger Rapes


August

In the Aug. 30 incident, a woman said she was walking on Payne Avenue near Maryland Avenue when a man in a van pulled up beside her and greeted her. She said the man “seemed nice” and gave her a ride down the street. He also gave her his phone number, which she later used to communicate with him.

The woman said she asked the man to hang out, and he picked her up. She said the man then pulled into an alley, took out a handgun and raped her in the back seat, according to the criminal complaint.


September

In the Sept. 16 incident, a St. Paul police officer was flagged down by a topless woman at 12:13 a.m. near Payne and Magnolia avenues.

The woman said she had been picked up by a man in a silver SUV about 10-20 minutes before the officer arrived and that the man had pointed a handgun at her, sexually assaulted her and robbed her.

The woman said she had planned to go to a friend’s house but changed her mind and decided to walk home. She said the SUV pulled up alongside the road and a man pointed a handgun at her and told her to get in the vehicle.

The victim said the man told her they were “going to go party” and that he drove her to an alley, forced her to perform oral sex on him and raped her.

He then kicked her out of the vehicle after taking her wallet, iPhone and duffel bag, according to the criminal complaint.


October

In the October incident, St. Paul police officers saw a woman run naked across Case Avenue at 11:50 p.m. They say it was raining and cold that night.

Officers followed the woman into an alley and said she was completely naked and screaming hysterically, telling them she had been raped. The officers took the woman to Regions Hospital for a sexual assault evaluation.

In an interview with police, the victim said she had gotten into an argument with her boyfriend and was walking on Payne Avenue when a tan minivan pulled up next to her.

The driver asked the woman her name, but she ignored him and kept walking. The woman said she later turned around and saw a man right by her who was holding a handgun. The man told her to do what he said or he would shoot her. He then led her to the tan minivan, and she realized it was the same man who had tried talking to her.

The victim said the man made her perform oral sex on him and then raped her. He then drove to an alley and told her to get out without letting her grab her clothes, according to the criminal complaint.

The woman told police that her clothes, purse and laptop were in the van.


In each criminal complaint, DNA evidence linked Griffin to the crimes, police say. He denied each of the rapes.

In November, police executed a search warrant at the detached garage where Griffin was known to be living with his girlfriend. They say they recovered a BB rifle and a BB handgun.

Police are investigating whether Griffin is connected to other cases. Anyone who has been a victim is asked to call police at 651-266-5685.


Editor's Note: The criminal complaint initially said that Griffin lives in Maplewood, but the attorney's office has since said he lives in St. Paul.

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Jennie Lissarrague

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