Four friends whose bodies were found in SUV in Wisconsin ‘were shot to death in their Minnesota hometown by a father and son, before being driven 60 miles across state border and abandoned in a cornfield’
Matthew Pettus, 26, his half-sister Jasmine C. Sturm, 30, Loyace Foreman III, 35, and Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30, were killed in St. Paul
The four close friends were killed roughly 60 miles from where their bodies were discovered in an abandoned SUV on Sept. 12 – According to the Saint Paul Police Department, all four had been shot
The suspects in the slaying of four close friends – Darren Lee Osborne and his son Antoine Darnique Suggs – were known to at least one of the four victims
Osborne, 56, was arrested Wednesday night while his son Antoine Suggs, 38, turned himself in to police in Arizona, on Friday
Court documents state that Suggs was seen at a St. Paul bar with victim Nitosha Flug-Presley and two friends hours before they and another victim were found dead
Nitosha Flug-Presley’s aunt told cops her niece had ‘a thing’ with Suggs, and he would sometimes fly in from Arizona to see her
Witnesses came forward to say they saw Flug-Presley with Suggs at the White Squirrel bar in St. Paul in the evening and early morning hours of Sept. 12
A witness also saw Flug-Presley, Sturm, and Pettus get into a black SUV with an unknown man around 2:08 am on Sept. 12.
Investigators discovered that Suggs bought an airline ticket to Arizona for later that evening, but did not check in or board the flight
Darren L. Osborne faces four felony counts of hiding a corpse with intent to conceal a crime
If convicted, Osborne could face up to 12-and-a-half years in prison for each count
Four friends whose bodies were discovered in an abandoned SUV n Wisconsin had been murdered 60 miles away in their hometown in Minnesota, police say.
Jasmine C. Sturm, 30, her brother Matthew Pettus, 26, Sturm’s boyfriend Loyace Foreman III, 35, and Sturm’s childhood bestfriend, Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30, were killed in St. Paul, as opposed to a cornfield in Sheridan where their bodies were discovered on September 12 by a farmer.
Suspects Darren Osborne, 56, and his son Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, who were close family friends with one of the victims, have since turned themselves in.
On Monday, Saint Paul Police Department confirmed the four friends had been killed then moved.
‘After gathering evidence and information about what happened before and after the bodies were discovered, investigators determined the killings occurred in Minnesota,’ specifically St. Paul, the police statement said.
Darren turned himself in and was arrested Wednesday night while Antoine turned himself in to police in Gilbert, Arizona, on Friday and will be extradited to Wisconsin.
Police believe the younger Suggs shot the four victims, and his father helped hide the bodies.
Court documents state that Antoine was seen at a St. Paul bar with victim Nitosha Flug-Presley and two of her friends hours before they were found dead along with a fourth victim.
Damone Presley, the father of victim Flug-Presley, said that 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.’
Just a month and a half ago I spoke to him — or should I say he spoke to me.
56-year-old Darren Lee Osborne, from St. Paul man has been charged in connection to a quadruple homicide in western Wisconsin, while on Friday authorities in Arizona reported that the other suspect had been taken into custody there.
Osborne faces four felony counts of hiding a corpse with intent to conceal a crime. He has been arrested and is being held in Ramsey County Jail.
He is accused of being an accomplice in the quadruple homicide allegedly committed by his 38-year-old son, Antoine Suggs.
Suggs was originally believed to be in the Twin Cities area and was considered armed and dangerous. A warrant was issued for his arrest. However, on Friday afternoon, authorities in Arizona reported that Suggs had turned himself in after traveling back to Maricopa County, where he has been living.
He has not yet been interviewed, so few other details were immediately available.
Ashli Jones, sister to victim Loyace Foreman III, issued the following statement: “We are so so grateful for all of the agencies their hard work and long hours that were put in. We thank the community for every tip, call and message that lead to the arrest.
“Today we celebrate this win and now the hard part begins. we must begin the healing. Please continue to call information in so we can bring justice for our families.”
The four bodies were found shortly after 2:15 p.m. Sunday in an abandoned black Mercedes Benz SUV in a cornfield near the town of Sheridan Township, Wisconsin.
All four victims had suffered gunshot wounds to the head.
They were later identified as Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30, Loyace Foreman III, 35, Matthew Pettus, 26, and Jasmine Sturm, 30. All four were Minnesotans from the metro area.
Investigators found Suggs’ Arizona photo ID inside the abandoned car.
The Dunn County Sheriff’s Office said they received a tip from a person who said they saw two cars driving past the Sheridan Town Hall between 10:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Sunday.
The criminal complaint says that a deputy then reviewed surveillance video from a nearby gas station, which showed a black Nissan Rouge pulling up to a pump and the Mercedes Benz pulling up next to it.
In the video, a man now identified as Osborne allegedly goes into the store to purchase some items before coming back out. Later, when an officer went to the gas station, they found red stains – suspected to be blood – on the ground near where the Mercedes Benz was parked.
Another member of the investigation team went to St. Paul to visit the stepson of the registered owner of the Nissan. The stepson confirmed that his brother, Antoine Suggs was in town from Arizona, and was using the family car during his visit.
The officer then showed Suggs’ brother a photo of Osborne, and he said the man in the photograph was his biological father. He also told police that he didn’t speak to his father much, but the last time he did was on Sunday night, and he allegedly “sounded excited” and said he had the Nissan and would leave the keys in the car.
The complaint also states that police interviewed Nitosha Flug-Presley’s aunt, who said that her niece had a “thing” with Suggs, and he would sometimes fly in from Arizona to see her.
Furthermore, witnesses came forward to say they saw Flug-Presley with Suggs at the White Squirrel bar in St. Paul in the evening and early morning hours of Sept. 12.
One witness also said they saw Flug-Presley, Sturm, and Pettus get into a black SUV with an unknown man around 2:08 a.m. In a review of surveillance video, officers were able to see that Sturm got into the car in the same position where she was later found dead.
Police found that Suggs apparently bought an airline ticket to go to Arizona for the evening of Sept. 12, but did not check in or board the flight.
The investigation indicates that no one had any contact with the victims since 2:08 a.m. on Sunday at the White Squirrel in St. Paul.
If convicted, Osborne could face up to 12-and-a-half years in prison for each count.
As of Monday morning, Suggs remains in jail in Arizona, awaiting extradition.