Maplewood man charged with 3 St. Paul rapes

- A Maplewood, Minnesota man has been charged with 3 stranger rape cases in St. Paul that were linked by DNA evidence. Larry Donnell Griffin, 38, was arrested during a traffic stop near Hazel Park Preparatory Academy on Tuesday. He was charged Thursday with 5 counts of first degree criminal sexual conduct.

St. Paul police identified Griffin as the suspect in stranger rape cases reported on Aug. 30, Sept. 22 and Oct. 25. In all three cases, the victims were threatened with a handgun, forced into a vehicle and raped. OCTOBER - Woman found naked in St. Paul yard reports rape

A joint investigation from St. Paul police, the Ramsey County sheriff’s office, the U.S. Marshals and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension led to the identity of the suspect.

“We’ve dedicated hundreds of investigative hours to these cases and recently were able to link them through DNA,” St. Paul police spokesman Steve Linders said.

Investigators believe it’s possible there are more victims. Anyone who may be a victim of Larry Donnell Griffin is asked to call 651-266-5685. St. Paul police are sharing their information and evidence with other agencies to see if there’s a match to any unsolved cases.

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