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Minneapolis man dubbed a 'serial rapist' guilty in first of 12 cases he's facing

Kenyatta Buckles was found guilty on Monday in Hennepin County court.

A Minneapolis man who officials believe to be a “serial rapist” was found guilty on all counts relating to a violent criminal sexual conduct case, the first of 12 cases he is involved in.

Kenyatta Buckles, 26, was found guilty of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, first-degree aggravated robbery, kidnapping, being a felon in possession of a firearm and second-degree assault in Hennepin County Court on Monday.

According to the criminal complaint, Buckles assaulted the victim and robbed her at gunpoint on March 18, 2019.

Police spoke to the victim after the incident, near 2400 3rd Ave. S. She told police Buckles had contacted her under the name “Adam” on a texting app.

Buckles arranged for the victim’s transportation to an address near his home. When she arrived, Buckles held a gun to her stomach, forced her down an alley and took her phone.

Buckles then sexually assaulted the victim and forced her to record the incident on her phone before running off with it.

Police later located Buckles in the parking lot of his apartment. He matched the victim’s description.

Officers removed Buckles from the car and found multiple phones connecting him to previous rapes. In his home, officers found a handgun and the victim’s phone.

“Cases like these are tremendously difficult for the victims, and in this case, I hope the victim can find some closure and heal from the trauma,” Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman said in a statement.

“For the evidence, it clearly showed, and the jury agreed, that Buckles acted in a vicious, disgusting manner consistent with what our office believes him to be, a serial rapist. Our office will be seeking the most serious sentence allowed by law.”

Buckles’ sentencing is scheduled for Sep. 15. The jury found heinous contributing factors in his case that elevate the possible sentence to life in prison without the possibility of release. 

He is awaiting trial in multiple other cases that includes luring, robbing, and raping 11 escort victims. 

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