Minnesota Teen Accused of Raping, Waterboarding Girlfriend in Her Dorm Room, Moved Mattress to Floor to Keep Bed From Squeaking During Rape

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A 19-year-old man has been arrested in Minnesota afterhe allegedly beat and raped his girlfriend and "engaged in waterboarding" while holding her captive inside her university dorm room for days, reports say.

Keanu Labatte was taken into custody on Sunday and charged with five felony counts -- three for criminal sexual conduct, one for domestic assault by strangulation and one for threats of violence – following the incidents that allegedly unfolded at the all-female St. Catherine University in St. Paul.

Labatte Became Infuriated After Checking Victim's Phone

According to a criminal complaint filed this week, Labatte arrived at the Catholic school campus last Thursday to visit his girlfriend of two months. After allegedly finding texts, pictures and social media content that infuriated him, he grabbed her phone and kept it away from her for days.

The victim told investigators that Labatte, of Granite Falls, squeezed her neck until she "felt lightheaded and saw stars" in addition to raping her, the Star Tribune reports, citing the charges.

He then forced her into the dorm room's bathtub on Saturday and "engaged in waterboarding by covering her mouth with a wet washcloth," while also threatening her with a knife, the newspaper reported the charges as stating.

Victim Managed to Escape Under the Pretext of Getting Food from Cafeteria

On Sunday morning, she convinced him to let her leave to get food from the cafeteria. That was when she went to the university's security office and told them she was being abused. They notified police, and police noted black, blue and red marks on her neck, the criminal complaint said, according to The Associated Press.

Police then reportedly returned to the dorm room and took Labatte into custody on probable cause of domestic assault and sexual assault. Upon conducting a search of the room, law enforcement discovered a folding knife in a backpack and a damp washcloth in the bathroom. The mattress had been moved to the floor, as per the victim's statement, to prevent noise during sexual assaults.

Labatte was on Probation During His Arrest

Local news outlets also reported that at the time of Labatte's arrest, he was on probation for violating a restraining order issued in November on behalf of a 17-year-old female in Yellow Medicine County who had been his girlfriend.

Labatte appeared in court on Tuesday and is set to make another appearance in October while remaining jailed in lieu of $80,000 bail.