Charges: White Bear Lake man sexually assaulted woman who gave him a ride

The man is also accused of threatening to kill her.
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A man has been charged, accused of sexually assaulting a woman and threatening to kill her after she offered him a ride from a Speedway in Maplewood. 

Howard William Dunleap, 19, of White Bear Lake, is charged in Ramsey County District Court with attempted first-degree criminal sexual conduct with a dangerous weapon and second-degree criminal sexual conduct with a dangerous weapon in connection to the Dec. 13 incident. 

According to the criminal complaint, at 7:36 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, North St. Paul police responded to the area of Henry Street and 6th Avenue on a report of a woman screaming for help while being grabbed by a man. 

The woman was heard saying, "You pulled a gun on me!" charges say. 

Police located the man, later identified as Dunleap, nearby at 2099 Division St., the complaint states. A K9 had tracked him to a Holiday gas station at 2159 Division St., where he was also seen on surveillance video. The K9 also discovered what appeared to be a handgun, but was determined to be an air pistol.

The victim identified Dunleap as the man who assaulted her, charges note. He had her cell phone on his person.

According to court documents, the victim told police she was at a Speedway in Maplewood when she saw Dunleap standing outside, looking as if he was waiting for a ride. She offered to give him one. 

He gave her directions, telling her to pull over near Henry Street and 6th Avenue, charges state. That's when he pulled out what she thought was a gun and threatened to kill her, pressing the muzzle against the left side of her head with his finger on the trigger.

Dunleap asked her how much money she had, and she gave him $60, the complaint says. He then told her to give him her wallet or he'd shoot her. 

When she refused, he hit her in the jaw with the butt end of the air pistol and threatened to take her van before suggesting she perform oral sex on him, charges state. He then forced her to touch him and threatened to shoot her. She pleaded with him to stop, saying she was pregnant, and he hit her in the jaw again with the butt end of the weapon. 

She then grabbed her keys and jumped out of the vehicle, the complaint adds. He chased her. When neighbors started to get out of their homes, Dunleap fled the area on foot. 

The victim suffered abrasions on her face and left upper arm, as well as bruising on her chest, the complaint said. 

Dunleap declined to be interviewed by police. 

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