St. Paul man found guilty of kidnapping and robbing woman at gunpoint from Arden Hills parking lot

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A St. Paul man was found guilty on Friday in the 2022 kidnapping of a woman from an Arden Hills parking lot, authorities said.

Raphael Raymond Nunn, 58, of St. Paul, was found guilty of kidnapping, bank fraud and identity theft after robbing two women at gunpoint and stealing from another, U.S. Attorney Andrew M. Luger said Friday.

Raphael Raymond Nunn (Courtesy of the Ramsey County sheriff’s office)

Prosecutors say Nunn was wearing a mask and gloves and armed with a black handgun when he approached a 61-year-old woman who had just parked in an underground parking garage at 3900 Northwood Drive in Arden Hills.

The criminal complaint alleges that when the woman got out of her vehicle about 7:25 a.m. Sept. 13, Nunn approached her with the gun. After the woman grabbed the barrel of the gun, he pushed her to the ground and then forced her back into the vehicle at gunpoint.

He ordered her to drive to an ATM at Wells Fargo at 2600 E. Franklin in Minneapolis. There, he forced her to withdraw cash using her debit card until she reached her limit of $1,000. He then forced her to call her bank and get a PIN number to withdraw cash from her credit card. He also took $30 from her wallet. He then ordered her to drive to Matthews Park at 2438 27th Ave. S. in Minneapolis.

Once at the park, he told her to get out of the vehicle and leave her key fob and phone in the car. He told her she could find her vehicle at the other side of the park after he was gone. When the woman walked to her vehicle, her kidnapper was gone and she called the police.

According to the complaint, multiple video surveillance cameras showed a man getting out of her car and walking to Cedar Food & Grill at 2600 Cedar Ave. in Minneapolis. Once inside the store, the man bought a bottle of soda and took off his hood. He was no longer wearing the mask, which he had discarded during his walk. Four days later he returned to the store in his own vehicle which led authorities to him as a suspect.

He was arrested Sept. 22, 2022 in Minneapolis. A search found evidence of the kidnapping and further evidence of theft from a second person and a gunpoint robbery of a third person.

After a four-day trial, Nunn was found guilty Thursday on one count of kidnapping, two counts of bank fraud, and two counts of aggravated identity theft.  A sentencing hearing will be held at a later date.

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