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Sexual assault suspect accused of threatening victim with Narcan

Narcan is commonly used to resuscitate people experiencing an opioid overdose.
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MINNEAPOLIS — The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has charged a Minneapolis man with first-degree criminal sexual conduct using a dangerous weapon, after allegedly threatening the victim with a syringe of Narcan.

Daniel Ellington, 38, is already in the Washington County Jail, where he's facing felony sex trafficking charges.

According to a criminal complaint, investigators in the sex trafficking case found video on Ellington's phone from an incident in Brooklyn Park in March. In the video, investigators said Ellington twice threatened to use a Narcan syringe on a woman, then sexually assaulted the victim as she repeatedly pleaded with him to stop.

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Narcan is commonly used to resuscitate people experiencing an opioid overdose; however, the release from the County Attorney's office claims Narcan can have physical side effects when used on someone who is not overdosing.

The woman told investigators that she felt getting injected with the drug would be worse than being beaten.

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The Hennepin County Attorney's Office said the victim in this case is also the victim in the Ellington's sex trafficking case in Washington County.