Charges: Boyfriend held St. Catherine student captive during dayslong assault in dorm room


September 13, 2023

A St. Catherine University student escaped after four days of her boyfriend holding her captive in her dorm room, where he raped, beat and "waterboarded" her in the bathtub, according to charges.

Keanu A. Labatte, 19, of Granite Falls, Minn., was charged Monday in Ramsey County District Court with three counts of first-degree criminal sexual conduct, domestic assault by strangulation and threats of violence in connection with captivity from Thursday evening until late Sunday morning, when the woman came up with a story that allowed her to flee.

During a hospital exam Sunday, medical personnel detected evidence of rape, the charges read. She said Labatte also punched and bit her, according to the charges.


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