Police: Woman raped by stranger in St. Paul

Police searching for rape suspect

ST. PAUL, Minn. - Police say a woman was raped at gunpoint by a stranger in St. Paul on Tuesday night.

The 41-year-old woman told police it happened in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood around 11:45 p.m. Tuesday.

She was taken to Regions Hospital for evaluation.

The woman told police she was walking on Payne Ave. near Geranium Ave. around 11:30 p.m. Tuesday when a minivan pulled up next to her and the driver asked if she needed a ride. She ignored him and kept walking along the road. She said the man got out of the vehicle and pointed a handgun at her.

The man told her he would shoot her if she didn't do what he wanted.

The woman said the man forced her inside the vehicle and raped her.

The man drove about half a block and told her to get out.

Police describe the suspect as a black male, about 6 feet tall, with a medium build. They say he was wearing a black ski mask, a heavily-worn baseball cap over a stocking cap, black pants and possibly a lighter-colored coat over a sweatshirt.

The vehicle was a newer tan or light-colored minivan with a sliding rear door on each side. Police say anyone with information is asked to call 651-266-5685.


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