A 2018 Minnesota crime report revealed that though overall violent crimes decreased when compared to 2017, rapes reached their highest level in almost 25 years. The report was released by the Minnesota Department of Public Safety Bureau of Criminal Apprehension.
Police in Minnesota have charged two boys, aged 15 and 16, in connection with the death of a 39-year-old Maple Grove man on June 11. The Hennepin County Attorney's Office has filed a motion to have the boys certified as adults. The 16-year-old has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree. Charges against the 15-year-old will only be released if a judge certifies him as an adult. The pair also face burglary, auto theft, and eluding charges in connection with a subsequent incident.
A 28-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with two counts of murder in the second degree in connection with the death of his brother. The Fergus Falls resident faces up to 40 years in prison if convicted. Prosecutors say that they plan to seek an aggravated sentence in the case because the victim was treated with particular cruelty. The man is now being held without bond at the Northwest Regional Corrections Center. Initial police reports do not provide any indication of why he may have killed his 19-year-old brother.
A 35-year-old Minnesota man has been charged with murder in the second degree in connection with the November 2015 disappearance of his girlfriend. He was convicted of interfering with her body in February 2016 after admitting to police that he had moved her body to an undisclosed location. The man claimed that his girlfriend had taken her own life, but he refused to tell police where he had disposed of her body.
A 59-year-old Minnesota man who is accused of shooting a convenience store worker with a rifle has pleaded not guilty to felony counts of attempted murder in the first degree, assault resulting in bodily harm in the first degree and assault with a deadly weapon in the second degree. The charges stem from an incident that took place in a Renville County gas station and convenience store on the morning of Jan. 11.
A fire in a second-level apartment appears to be an attempt to cover the killing of a woman in Thief River Falls. Authorities have charged a 23-year-old man with second-degree murder and first-degree arson after witnesses linked him to the scene. The criminal complaint against him described an apparent murder because a power cord was wrapped around the woman's neck, and fabric bound her hands and feet. The fire investigator made a preliminary determination that a combustible liquid had been used to start the fire.
An Indiana man has pleaded guilty to the murder of a woman in northern Minnesota. The man, who was the woman's boyfriend, will spend more than 16 years in prison based on the court's sentence that was given Feb. 25. By the time the case made it to court, the 41-year-old man opted to plead guilty to second-degree murder without intent while committing a felony crime.
A grand jury in Kandiyohi County indicted a 35-year-old man from Willmar for the stabbing death of a 24-year-old man. The accused man awaits his next court date in jail under a $2 million bail bond now that he faces charges of first-degree premeditated murder, second-degree intentional murder and terroristic threats. Authorities also arrested a woman believed to have aided the alleged murderer. She faces multiple felony charges as his accomplice.
A Minnesota state trooper who stopped to assist a vehicle in distress on westbound Interstate 94 in Clay County ended up shooting a woman who threatened him with handgun. She survived with a gunshot wound to the arm and has entered guilty pleas for charges of 1st degree attempted murder and being a felon in possession of a firearm.
A 56-year-old man admitted to investigators that he stabbed a 20-year-old woman to death in her south Minneapolis apartment on Dec. 19, 1991. A bloody washcloth recovered from the crime scene provided a DNA sample that allowed the Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI to identify a suspect, who had been a friend of the victim's boyfriend at the time.