Prison is the next stop for a convicted rapist who was caught when Minneapolis police pulled him over for driving with a dangling license plate.
Jurors on Tuesday convicted Lavell R. Porter, 23, of Minneapolis, of kidnapping, raping and beating the mother of his child 13 months ago.
Porter, whose record includes a robbery conviction, was pulled over in mid-February as he drove near University and Lowry avenues in northeast Minneapolis.
Porter had no driver’s license and gave police a false name. The officers determined who he was and realized he had a warrant out for his capture.
“I have a firearm on me,” he told the officers, according to the charges filed in September. “In my right pocket.”
Police took a handgun and several rounds from him.
According to prosecutors, Porter went to the house where the woman was staying, grabbed her by the neck and said he was angry about the restraining order she had taken out against him on behalf of her and her children.
Porter took the woman to the basement of his sister’s home, punched her in the face, stomach and limbs, kicked her in the chest and choked her until she passed out, prosecutors said. Then he raped her.
Four months later he was caught in the traffic stop. He remains jailed. Sentencing is scheduled for July 21.