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Richfield Man Charged With First-Degree Rape

Police say Tyrone Edward Reynolds became upset when the victim wouldn't agree to stay with him, punched her repeatedly and then sexually assaulted her.

Police say a Richfield man raped a woman when she refused to hug him after the two discussed the breakup of their relationship.

Tyrone Edward Reynolds, 37, is charged with first-degree criminal sexual conduct, a felony with a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison and a $40,000 fine.

According to the complaint, signed by Richfield Police Detective Joseph Ogren, the victim came to the police station on Oct. 25 and said that Reynolds had sexually assaulted her.

The woman said she had ended her relationship with Reynolds because he had abused her for seven months, and that she had an active protection order against him.

However, the woman said, she allowed Reynolds to come to her home on the evening of Oct. 24 to discuss their breakup, and he spent the night. The next morning, when the victim wouldn’t hug him, Reynolds punched her repeatedly in the face, chest and back, then held her down on the floor with his knee on the back of her neck, according to the complaint.

Reynolds told the victim that she was going to die, then dragged her across the floor and pushed her up the stairs to her bedroom, where he ordered her to undress, the complaint charges. He threw her face down on the bed and sexually assaulted her, the victim told police.

After the assault, Reynolds drove the victim to get some food, then wouldn’t leave until she agreed to take him to see his brother, according to the complaint. The victim told Reynolds that she would stay with him and that she wouldn’t contact police.

Once she was alone, the victim drove to the Richfield police station to report the assault. A subsequent examination found bruises on her face and arms and other injuries that confirmed what she told the police.

Reynolds remains in the Hennepin County Jail on a $500,000 bond and on a Department of Corrections hold for a possible probation violation. An omnibus hearing in his case is scheduled Nov. 26 in Hennepin County District Court.

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