Kenneth Miller charged with store clerk rape, robbery

This story was updated at 4pm to reflect the exact location of Hibbett Sports in Northgate Shopping Centre.

A Carlsbad man was arrested for rape and robbery after committing a series of crimes in Carlsbad on Sunday.

Kenneth Miller, 37, has been charged with three counts of criminal third-degree sexual penetration. He was also charged with theft and robbery.

According to court documents, Miller spent February 13 committing a series of crimes on Pierce Street.

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Miller’s alleged binge ended at a Pierce Street convenience store where he was accused of orally, vaginally and anally raping an employee during a 40-minute assault. Court records show the clerk, whose name will not be published by the Current-Argus, was able to call 911.

Court records show Miller barricaded himself in the convenience store’s kitchen when officers arrived. Carlsbad Police SWAT forcibly removed Miller from the West Peirce Street store after using a stun gun four times to subdue him. Miller underwent a medical evaluation before being taken to the Eddy County Detention Center where he remains in custody.

Officers discovered that Miller was also in possession of $60 that he allegedly stole from the store.

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Investigators allege Miller attempted earlier in the day to rob a man from Buffalo Wild Wings. Miller was allegedly armed with a plastic knife during the attempted robbery, which failed when the intended victim was able to “scarce Kenneth away”, according to the criminal complaint in the matter.

Miller then walked into Hibbett Sports at Northgate Shopping Center where he stole a t-shirt while running out the back door of the store after the police were called.

Investigators say that’s when he entered the convenience store and assaulted the clerk, who called police around 4:30 p.m. and identified Miller who investigators had linked to the previous crimes.

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The survivor underwent a medical examination after the attack.

Kenneth Miller had previous convictions

Miller was on probation for multiple convictions at the time of these robberies and assaults, including allegations of violence against women.

In 2018, Miller was accused of assaulting a woman by holding a knife to her throat and uttering threats.

Miller was convicted of forcible confinement, convicted of aggravated assault and two counts of battery in February 2019.

He was also convicted of unlawfully taking a motor vehicle, resisting escape or obstructing an officer, and reckless driving in January 2011.

Jessica Onsurez can be reached at [email protected], @JussGREAT on Twitter by phone at 575-628-5531.