Nowthen man charged with three felonies after alleged rape

A 22-year-old Nowthen man has been charged in Anoka County District Court with three felonies for allegedly raping a 16-year-old girl in Oak Grove.

Kelly Eugene Jenkins was arraigned in court Aug. 16 on two counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct and one count of third-degree criminal sexual conduct. Bail was set at $300,000 without conditions or $100,000 with conditions and his next court appearance is Sept. 17.

The 16-year-old girl contacted the Anoka County Sheriff’s Office the morning of Aug. 14 to report that she had been sexually assaulted after she had spent time over the course of the previous day with a male, identified as Jenkins, she had recently met, according to the complaint.

After spending time with friends in Elk River and Zimmerman, the early hours of Aug. 14, Jenkins left the girl at a residence in Zimmerman, then called her an hour later, about 5 a.m., and asked her if she needed a ride home to Oak Grove, the complaint alleges.

The girl alleged the Jenkins drove around a lot yelling at her, then told her to get out of his vehicle and she attempted to stop cars to get a ride home.

According to the complaint, dispatch records show that a female called police at about 7:37 a.m. asking for a welfare check on a teenage girl in the area of 229th and University avenues in Oak Grove.

Jenkins let the girl back in the truck and she thought he was taking her home, but she alleged that Jenkins drove in a very reckless manner and pulled over in a cul-de-sac near 206th Avenue.

The complaint alleges that when the girl got out of the truck, Jenkins grabbed her, threw her to the ground, dragged her into a school bus shelter at the end of a driveway, demanded they talk and then slapped her on her buttocks.

The girl alleged she began to cry and asked Jenkins to take her home, but he told her that he would only do so if she had sex with him.

She said no and the complaint alleges that he pulled down her clothes and sexually assaulted her.

The girl alleged that she tried to yell for help and resist, but he covered her mouth with his hand, then grabbed her hair and threatened to snap her neck before sexually assaulting her again.

According to the complaint, Jenkins brought the girl back into his truck where he raped her again more than once despite her protests before driving her toward her home and leaving her on the side of the road.

The girl allegedly made a mental note of the license plate of the truck that Jenkins was driving, then wrote it down when she got home and provided it to police, who located Jenkins in the truck Aug. 15 and took him into custody.

Peter Bodley is at peter.bodley@ecm-inc.com

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