SOMERSET, Wis. — On Monday afternoon, a 52-year-old Minnesota man was charged in the stabbings that happened along the Apple River in Somerset, Wisconsin over the weekend.
Charges were filed in St. Croix County against Nicolae Miu, from Prior Lake, including first-degree intentional homicide and four additional counts of attempted first-degree homicide.
The five victims range in age from 17 to 24 and were from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Investigators say that the five victims has sustained stab wounds to their midsections.
Authorities said the deceased victim is a 17-year-old boy from Stillwater. A representative from Stillwater High School confirmed Sunday that the victim was a student there.
The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect was tubing along the river with a group when he started stabbing other tubers then took off. It happened Saturday afternoon and prompted an hour-and-half long search and evacuation of the river.
It’s still unclear what led to the stabbings.
The suspect is being held at the St. Croix County jail. His first court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday.
His name and the names of the victims have not yet been released, but one of the victims has posted her story on social media.
Anyone with information, including video, are asked to call Investigator John Shilts at 715-381-4219 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Source: CBS Minnesota