St. Paul man charged with kidnapping, robbing woman

A St. Paul man is now facing criminal charges after law enforcement asked for the public’s help to find the suspect in a kidnapping and robbery case.

On Sept. 13, Ramsey County deputies were told by a 61-year-old woman that a man had held her at gunpoint, forced her to drive to Minneapolis and then robbed her.

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The woman said she was parking in her underground parking garage in Arden Hills when the man approached her, pushed her to the ground then forced her back in the vehicle. He then made her drive to an ATM at Wells Fargo near East Franklin and 27th avenues and forced her to withdraw $1,000.

According to a criminal complaint, when the woman exceeded her limit, the man ordered her to call her bank and get a pin number to withdraw cash from her credit card. He then stole that money – as well as the cash in her wallet – and ordered her to drive him to Matthews Park, where he ran away.

Investigators tracked the man on multiple security cameras and saw he went to Cedar Food and Grill to buy a beverage. The complaint adds that the man returned to the store four days later in a 2004 Chevrolet Malibu, apparently wearing the same shirt from the robbery and kidnapping.

His probation officer then identified him from the footage as 56-year-old Raphael Raymond Nunn and he was arrested by deputies at a home in Minneapolis.

The complaint states Nunn initially claimed he was at his friend’s house when the robbery happened but, when confronted with the surveillance images of him, he admitted to owning a “starter gun,” although he denied pointing it at anyone. When executing a search warrant at the place Nunn was staying, deputies found the gun and clothes worn during the robbery, as shown by the surveillance videos.

Nunn is charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and kidnapping, which each carry penalties of up to 20 years in prison and a $35,000 fine with a conviction. The complaint also notes Nunn has dozens of past convictions for theft, forgery and burglary.

His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday afternoon.