Charges: 'Passed out' girl taken from St. Paul street, raped

A 26-year-old-man is accused of taking an “intoxicated, passed out and incapacitated” teenage girl from a St. Paul street and raping her in his home after the July 4 holiday, according to charges filed in Washington County.

Jeremiah D. Johnson of Stillwater, Minn. has been charged with kidnapping and third- and fourth-degree criminal sexual conduct. Washington County Attorney Pete Orput said Johnson's bail has been set at $400,000 unconditional and $100,000 with conditions.

According to the criminal complaint, Johnson found the 18-year-old girl next to a telephone pole at Edgerton and Case in St. Paul on Sunday. He got out of his truck, picked her up, with her arms dangling “limp and lifeless,” a witness recounted, and drove her back to his Stillwater apartment in the 1500 block of Greeley Street. A witness had taken down his truck’s license plate, and police found her in a common hallway, and a search “found evidence of sexual activity.” She told police she didn't know where she was, and the last thing she remembered was watching fireworks.

Charges said Johnson initially told police he "wanted to help" the girl because she had sprained her ankle, adding she couldn't produce her address so he took her to his apartment. He first denied any sexual contact, but eventually admitted he "tried to do a little something, but it didn't work."

“Stranger rapes are by far the most difficult to prove in most circumstances. The St. Paul and Stillwater police, as well as the citizens who came forward to help in this case, are to be commended for their efforts in bringing this investigation to a successful close. Our office will do all in its power to bring justice to the victim,” Orput said.

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