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Man charged in brutal home invasion after leading police on chase into WI

He was arrested Wednesday after crashing his truck in St. Croix Co.

Following a high-speed chase that began in Minnesota and ended in Wisconsin, a man wanted in a violent home invasion has officially been charged with the crime. 

Jeffrey Groves, 51, was arrested in St. Croix County on Wednesday after leading authorities on a pursuit that began in Washington County. 

On Thursday, he was charged in Hennepin County with sexual assault, burglary and kidnapping. 

According to a news release from prosecutors, the St. Paul resident is accused of breaking into a St. Louis Park home on Nov. 3, assaulting the woman who lived there, holding her for several hours and then forcing her to withdraw money from two ATMs.

During the terrifying ordeal, the woman was able to positively identify Groves, who she had "once employed as a handyman," the criminal complaint says (WARNING: this document contains many upsetting details).

Before leaving, the charges say, the suspect "apologized to Victim for raping her, and told her that 'Satan' made him do it."

After she reported the crime, authorities began their search for Groves, executing a search warrant at his home and finding "several pairs of pantyhose stockings with the crotch cut out, a methamphetamine smoking pipe, and Victim’s bedding."

Police ended up finding Groves and attempted to pull him over, but he fled, sparking the long chase that ended with his arrest. 

Prosecutors will ask the court to set bail at $500,000. Groves has not been given a court date yet. 

The victim, meanwhile, suffered extensive injuries and is still hospitalized in critical condition. 

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