St. Paul man arrested for allegedly killing ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend year ago in city’s North End

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A 41-year-old St. Paul man wanted since October for allegedly killing his ex-girlfriend’s boyfriend was arrested this week in Minneapolis.

Larry Rucker was arrested Monday and booked into the Ramsey County jail on suspicion of murder in connection with the Aug. 23 shooting death of 48-year-old Demond A. Bingham in St. Paul’s North End.

Rucker on Oct. 15 was charged by warrant with two counts of second-degree murder. His whereabouts were not known at the time, and the criminal complaint and arrest warrant were sealed “because disclosure could create a substantial risk of hampering an ongoing investigation,” court documents read. They were made public Tuesday following his first court appearance on the charges.

According to jail records, Rucker was arrested in the 3400 block of Park Avenue South in Minneapolis’ Powderhorn neighborhood.

At around 10:30 p.m. Aug. 23, St. Paul police officers were sent to the area of Albemarle and Milford streets — a block west of Rice Street — on reports of shots fired outside an apartment building. They found Bingham on the ground with a gunshot wound to his chest. Medics responded and pronounced him dead about 15 minutes later.

A handgun was found near Bingham’s feet. It had not been fired.

Officers searched the area and found four spent shell casings to the north of Bingham’s body. A Buick Lucerne was hit by three bullets.

Officers spoke with a woman who said Bingham was her boyfriend. The woman, identified in the criminal complaint by initials LF, said she and Bingham were communicating through Facebook Messenger when Bingham “got into it” with her ex-boyfriend, later identified as Rucker, outside the apartment building, the complaint read.

“LF told police that Rucker was jealous she had a new boyfriend,” the complaint read.

Bingham’s cousin told officers that Bingham called him and asked to meet at a cul-de-sac behind Born’s Bar. He told officers that once there Bingham said he was “having problems with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend” and that he was still in the area, the complaint read.

The cousin told police he wanted to confront Rucker, but Bingham told him to “forget about it” and that he said he was going to get a drink at Born’s Bar. The cousin said he left and that Bingham then called him a second time saying he was having more problems with Rucker. When he returned, he found Bingham dead in the cul-de-sac.

Officers spoke to Bingham’s nephew, who said he gave his uncle a ride to his girlfriend’s apartment the night of the shooting and that he said he was “having problems with his girlfriend’s ex-boyfriend who was mad” about the relationship, the complaint read.

The nephew told police he got a second call from his uncle asking him to return. Once there, Bingham told his nephew that he “didn’t feel safe and that he was being played with,” the complaint read.

The nephew said his uncle pointed out a man and they began walking in his direction. He said the man told Bingham not to come closer, but that he did and saw the man reach for something. He said he heard at least two shots before getting into his vehicle and driving off.

Surveillance video from the apartment building shows Rucker go inside at 9:43 p.m. before eventually returning outside, the complaint states. At 10:12 p.m., Bingham “yelled at Rucker that he didn’t have a firearm and wasn’t afraid to die before he entered the building,” the complaint read.

Bingham left the building at 10:29 p.m. and looked in Rucker’s direction. Three shots were fired by someone who was not visible on video, and Bingham walked out of camera view. Rucker is seen on video firing a fourth and final shot that struck and killed Bingham, the complaint alleges. Rucker and a man with him fled on foot.

Rucker is being held in lieu of $1 million bail. His next court appearance is set for Sept. 8.

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