Sep. 20—The quadruple homicide victims who were found in Dunn County, Wis., were shot in St. Paul, police said Monday based on their investigation.
St. Paul police didn’t detail how they determined the killings happened in the city or in what location, citing the ongoing probe. The motive remains under investigation.
A farmer in the Town of Sheridan, Wis., found an abandoned vehicle in a cornfield on Sept. 12. Inside were the bodies of Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; her brother, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; her boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul, and her lifelong friend, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater.
Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, and his father, Darren Lee Osborne, 56, are charged in Dunn County with four counts of hiding a corpse, as a party to a crime. More serious charges could be brought against one or both men, Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd said last week.
The Dunn County sheriff’s office initially took the lead in the case and will continue to assist.
Investigators gathered evidence and information about what happened before and after the bodies were found, and determined the victims were killed in St. Paul.
St. Paul police are now taking the lead role in the investigation and they’re asking anyone with information to call them at 651-266-5650.
“Losing Jasmine, Loyace, Matthew and Nitosha is one of the most heartbreaking traumas our community has ever endured,” said Mayor Melvin Carter in a Monday statement. “While nothing could rationalize this loss, our St. Paul officers will find the answers we seek, and ensure that anyone involved in this crime is held fully accountable.”
St. Paul Police Chief Todd Axtell said investigators have “spent sleepless nights, days upon days at work, going home only to tuck their kids into bed and then returning to the office. I’m confident their dedication and unrelenting commitment to seeking justice for these four lost lives will soon provide the answers their loved ones so desperately seek.”
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, FBI and Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives are also working on the case.
WHAT’S KNOWN ABOUT THE CASE
Suggs’ address is listed as Scottsdale, Ariz. and he was visiting family in St. Paul. He would fly in from Arizona and see Flug-Presley, an aunt of the woman told a sheriff’s office investigator, according to the Dunn County criminal complaints. Flug-Presley’s mother reported to another investigator that she knew her daughter was recently with a man named Antoine.
Flug-Presley and Suggs were seen together at the White Squirrel Bar on St. Paul’s West Seventh Street near Randolph Avenue late Sept. 11 into early on the morning of Sept. 12.
“The investigation has revealed that no one has had any contact with the victims since 2:08 a.m. (Sept. 12) when the victims were last seen leaving the White Squirrel bar,” the complaints said.
When the bodies were discovered in a black 2008 Mercedes-Benz, law enforcement located Suggs’ Arizona photo identification card in the vehicle.
Surveillance footage from a nearby gas station in Wisconsin showed a Nissan at 12:07 p.m. Sunday. A black Mercedes pulled next to the Nissan, and the drivers appeared to exchange something. The Mercedes drove away, followed by the Nissan.
The Mercedes was found abandoned in a cornfield and reported to the sheriff’s office at 2:18 p.m. Sunday.
A brother of Suggs’ identified the man driving the Nissan as his biological father, Osborne, based on a surveillance photo from the gas station, the complaints said.
St. Paul officers arrested Osborne in St. Paul on Wednesday night. Suggs turned himself in to police in Gilbert, Ariz., a suburb of Phoenix, on Friday after Bygd announced Thursday there was a warrant out for his arrest.
Suggs remains in jail in Arizona, awaiting extradition, according to St. Paul police.
The killings bring the number of homicides in St. Paul to 27 this year, three more than there were at this time last year.