St. Paul man charged in Arden Hills carjacking and kidnapping

A St. Paul man was charged with first-degree aggravated robbery and kidnapping in connection with a Sept. 13 incident in Arden Hills, authorities said.

Prosecutors say Raphael Raymond Nunn, 56, 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., 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 bough a bottle of soda and took off his hood. He was no longer wearing the mask, which he had discarded during his walk.

Cameras inside the store clearly showed the man’s face, authorities said.

Ramsey County sheriff’s office investigators found and arrested Nunn on Sept. 17 at a home in the 2600 block of 29th Avenue East in Minneapolis. After his arrest he was described as a Minneapolis resident but the charges list a St. Paul address.

When investigators questioned him, he said he had been at a friend’s house in Uptown during the carjacking but he would not provide the address or his friend’s name. After detectives showed surveillance video images of him, he admitted that he owned a “starter gun” he used when he sold drugs. He denied pointing the gun at anyone. He also admitted to owning a blue pair of Nikes that match those the kidnapper wore in surveillance images.

During a search warrant served at the 29th Avenue house, investigators found clothing that matched what the kidnapper had been wearing in the surveillance images. In addition, deputies found a black Crosman SNR357 revolver-style pellet gun in a backpack located behind the couch.

Nunn has a string of felony convictions including those for forgery, theft, burglary and shoplifting.

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