The two suspects identified in slaying of four close friends, found in an abandoned vehicle in Sheridan, Wisconsin on Sunday afternoon are father and son
One suspect is arrested in the quadruple-murders of the friends from Minnesota as the second man sought by cops remains on the run
Natasha Flug-Presley, 30, Jasmine Sturm, 30, Sturm’s brother Matthew Pettus, 26, and her boyfriend Loyace Foreman III, 35 were found shot dead after a night at a bar in downtown St. Paul
Darren McWright , 56, was arrested Wednesday night – his son, Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, remains on the loose and is believed to be in the Minneapolis St. Paul area
Damone Presley, 50, has stated that he knows Darren McWright, who has been arrested in the murders of his daughter Nitosha and her three friends, ‘personally’
‘We go way back – I wouldn’t say he was a close family friend but he was a well-known friend of the family’
Presley said his daughter also knew the second suspect Antoine Suggs, who was in her house at her son’s birthday party earlier this year
Cops suspect the killers escaped in a second vehicle brought to the dump site, but the killers’ motive remains a ‘mystery’
Police believe fugitive suspect, Antoine Suggs, is armed and dangerous
Police have arrested one suspect and are seeking another in connection with the fatal shootings of four people found in an abandoned SUV in western Wisconsin, Dunn County sheriff’s officials said Thursday.
Darren Lee McWright, 56, from St. Paul, Minnesota, who also uses the alias last name of Osborne, was arrested on a warrant from Dunn County and is being held in the Ramsey County Jail, according to Sheriff Kevin Bygd.
A warrant is out for the other suspect, Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, who is believed to be in the Twin Cities area and is considered armed and dangerous, officials said.
The men are believed to be connected to the quadruple-homicide of Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater; her longtime friend, Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; Sturm´s brother, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; and Sturm´s boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, 35, also of St. Paul.
The suspects in the slaying of four close friends are a father and son and were known to at least one of the four victims whose bodies were found in a Wisconsin cornfield, her family has confirmed.
McWright, was arrested Wednesday night, but his son and alleged accomplice, Antoine Suggs, who is still on the run is believed to be in the Minneapolis-St. Paul area. Police described Suggs as armed and dangerous.
Public records show McWright has a long rap sheet going back years. The offences include several DWIs and assaults
Damone Presley, the father of victim Nitosha Flug-Presley, says the last time he saw McWright, 56, was in the Little Six Casino in Prior Lake, Minnesota, when the man now accused of killing his daughter approached him to offer his condolences on the death of Presley’s father.
‘We go way back,’ said Presley, 50, standing outside his home in St. Paul. ‘I wouldn’t say he was a close family friend but he was a well-known friend of the family.
‘He certainly wasn’t a stranger.
Presley said his daughter also knew Suggs who was even in her house at her son’s birthday party earlier this year.
‘He is a friend of two of her cousins and at our last gathering three months ago I remember seeing him there.
‘I am trying to process it all now,’ Presley added.
And he had a message for his erstwhile friend and his son. ‘How dare you?’ he raged. ‘How dare you?
‘But justice will be served. Not only for you but to everyone else involved. Justice will come.’
Presley has been involved in social issues in the Rondo area of St. Paul for years. A yard sign on his front lawn reads: ‘Guns Down St. Paul.’
Presley believes McWright would have stopped the murders if he had known that his daughter was one of the intended victims as disputes in the area are normally settled between family elders. – Considering that his family is well known in the community, Presley said, ‘it really alarms me that if [McWright], had any indication that she was a Presley, that he would not have stopped this tragic thing that happened.’
He is also convinced more than the father and son involved in the slayings of his daughter and her friends. ‘Four young people died,’ he said. ‘That wasn’t the work of one or two people.’
Earlier, Pettus’ brother, Zach Pettus, told the Minneapolis Star-Tribune that he has ‘an idea who did it,’ referring to the homicides, but he declined to go into further detail.
‘This is a freak thing that never should have happened,’ Zach Pettus said. ‘There is nothing that indicated this would have happened.’
After a Wisconsin farmer discovered their bodies Sunday in his Dunn County cornfield, about 60 miles to the east of a bar in St. Paul, where the four friends had been on Saturday night, Damone Presley’s insisted that the culprits must be someone his daughter and her friends knew because she ‘doesn’t know nobody in Wisconsin, let alone to be in Wisconsin.’
Police have not yet identified the connection between the victims and McWright and Shuggs, and the motive for the executions.
Sheriff Bygd has said investigators believe the victims “were randomly brought to” the area and that someone intentionally drove the SUV off the road and into the tall corn in the Town of Sheridan. He said the victims have no known connection to Dunn County.
Pettus had been working at Shamrocks bar and restaurant in St. Paul, where his sister had also been a longtime server, his brother, Zake Pettus said.
The FBI Minneapolis field office is assisting the sheriff´s office in the investigation, an FBI spokesman said.
The sheriff said that motive in the case remains a mystery, and that all possibilities are under investigation, including the involvement of personal acquaintances, organized crime, or a drug connection.
He said as yet there was no preliminary evidence of drugs as a motive, but that ‘it very well could be, and that’s going to be discovered through our investigation.’
Investigators believe the killer or killers brought a second vehicle to the dump site, used as the to getaway car – Police are seeking information about a possible second dark-colored SUV that may have been involved.
Investigators remain tight-lipped about many aspects of the case, and Bygd refused to answer many key questions, including ownership information for the SUV the bodies were found in, and the position of the bodies in the vehicle.
Autopsies that were performed on Monday by Ramsey County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that all four victims died from gunshot wounds.
Flug-Presley’s father, Damone Presley Sr., revealed that his daughter and her three friends were at a bar in St. Paul on Saturday night and they got in someone’s vehicle when they left.
‘Why would this happen?’ he said on Tuesday.
‘… It just doesn’t make sense.’
The grieving dad told CBS Local he was ‘numb’ after learning of her death and urged anyone with information to ‘speak up.’ ‘Somebody knows something. This doesn’t just happen,’ Damone said.
‘This is not a freak accident. Please somebody say something.’
He added: ‘I’m numb. I feel empty.
‘She was a beautiful mother, granddaughter, just an inspiration and joy in my life. Good heart, a teddy bear as a person. Well-liked.’
Loyace Foreman III was the son of Loyace Foreman Jr, senior pastor at New Vision Faith Center in Saint Paul.
‘He was stolen from us,’ Loyace’s mother, Jessica, wrote in a post. ‘And we will find the thief. If it takes my very last breath. We will not rest. Loyace PulzeRazr Foreman III was my Prince.’
According to recent social media posts, the 35-year-old Foreman III had two children 7 and 13, and was in a romantic relationship with Jessica Sturm.
He worked as a demolition contractor and enjoyed drawing in his free time.
‘He was a doting uncle to his four nieces and nephews,’ Jessica Foreman told Twin Cities.
‘He was the protector of his three sisters. He was not perfect and we loved him unconditionally. He left an unfillable void.’
A GoFundMe account has been set up for his children
Sturm, who worked a second job as a paralegal at a law firm, and was raising her two sons, ages 11 and 5. The youngest boy had just celebrated his birthday last month.
Flug-Presley is also a mother of two kids aged 11 and 4. Mourners online described Strum and Nitosha Flug-Presley as very close friends.