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Rouillard makes first appearances on assault spree 5-5-07

STURGIS, S.D. (AP) - The Rapid City man accused of assaulting two women in separate attacks has made his initial court appearances in U.S. District Court in Rapid City and Pierre.

Norman Rouillard, 23, is charged in Rapid City with attempting to rape a female 24-year-old relative at knifepoint before stealing her car.

When the vehicle ran out of gas, Rouillard flagged down a motorist south of Faith and assaulted the 90-year-old woman who stopped to help him, authorities said.

Rouillard took the woman's pickup and left her injured on the side of the road, the agency said.

He was arrested April 29 on the Cheyenne River Reservation.

Besides federal charges of carjacking and aggravated assault domestic violence, Rouillard will face additional assault charges in Meade County, the sheriff said.

Rouillard has a long criminal history, including a voluntary manslaughter conviction in 2000 for killing his mother's boyfriend with a wooden ax handle, prosecutors said.

He served 15 months for it and was released from federal prison on Feb. 28, 2006. Records also show he was arrested later the same day on charges that he threatened two people with a gun during a dispute over money.
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