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Man charged with sexual assault, burglary, kidnapping after pursuit, crash in Wisconsin

Jeffrey Morgan Groves. Photo: Ramsey County Jail
Jeffrey Morgan Groves.

Updated: November 15, 2019 09:45 PM

A St. Paul man who led police on a long chase that ended in Wisconsin Wednesday has now been charged.

The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said 51-year-old Jeffrey Groves is charged with sexual assault, burglary and kidnapping.

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The attorney's office said Groves broke into a St. Louis Park home on Nov. 3, assaulted the woman who lived there, held her for several hours and then forced her to withdraw money from her account at two ATMs.

On Wednesday, authorities said law enforcement executed an arrest warrant, but Groves fled, leading to a high-speed pursuit.

Those involved in the chase included U.S. Marshals, the Hennepin County Sheriff's Office, the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, the North Hudson Police Department and the Hudson Police Department. A news release from the U.S. Marshals Service said the crash ended with a pit maneuver in Hudson, Wisconsin.

Driver ID'd after high-speed pursuit; wanted in St. Louis Park rape, kidnapping case

A dark pickup truck was seen on MnDOT traffic cameras swerving in and out of traffic, narrowly missing dozens of cars. Several minutes later, the truck crossed the centerline of Highway 36 and was driving directly into traffic as it headed toward Stillwater. Cameras caught various law enforcement vehicles in pursuit, attempting on at least two occasions to use roadside stop sticks. The driver evaded the tire-puncturing devices each time as it crossed over the new bridge spanning the St. Croix from Stillwater into Wisconsin.

Around 2:15 p.m., a KSTP crew reached the scene where a multi-car crash took place moments before. The KSTP crew could see the truck that appeared to be the vehicle from the chase had crashed and appeared to roll off the side of the highway.

Groves was taken to Regions Hospital for treatment of serious injuries. Police have not given an update on his condition Thursday.

Prosecutors are asking his bail be set at $500,000. No first court appearance has been scheduled, yet.

Groves was also charged with fleeing a peace officer in Ramsey County, according to court records.

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