Groping incident leads to man’s arrest

SPD logo-1         A 19-year-old Somerset, Wis., man remains in custody today on a criminal sexual conduct charge in connection with an April 3 incident at the Market Drive Cub Foods store parking lot.

The suspect, identified as Reuben Ramcharit, told Stillwater Police officers he assaulted two other unidentified victims in the same Stillwater location on the same day.

A 22-year-old Oak Park Heights woman reported being groped in a sexual manner by a man while she was getting into her vehicle April 3 in the Cub Foods parking lot. According to reports, Ramcharit’s actions were caught on surveillance cameras and investigators hope anyone with information on the other incidents comes forward.

A 25-year-old Woodbury woman has since come forward reporting she was groped on the same day at Cub Foods. And Oak Park Heights Police Chief Brian DeRosier said his department is investigating a similar incident reported March 29 at the Walmart Supercenter.

Although DeRosier did not offer details about the Walmart incident, he said some aspects were similar to previously reported incidents.

Stillwater Police Department spokesman Sgt. Jeff Stender said Ramcharit was arrested on a similar charge in Roseville on March 30 “Incidents like this don’t happen with regularity and those are just the reported incidents,” Stender said.

Investigators are also concerned about the number of incidents Ramcharit was apparently involved in, according to Stender.

“We absolutely have concerns. He seems to be increasing his activity,” Stender said. “Typically when someone does this repeatedly they’re feeding a need of some sort and he has to continue to increase his activity to feed the need, which could result in a sexual and more aggressive violent incident.”

Ramcharit is being held at the Washington County Jail on a $5,000 bond. If Ramcharit posts bail, he will have to go to Ramsey County where the Mar. 30 incident occurred.

Those with information regarding the incidents are encouraged to call the Stillwater Police Department at 651-351-4900.

Contact Avery Cropp at [email protected]