A 52-year-old Minnesota man was charged Monday with killing a teenager and stabbing four others at a popular Wisconsin tubing spot in a standoff with a separate group that the man said began while he was searching for the river for a while. lost phone.
The man, Nicolae Miu, of Prior Lake, Minn., was charged with first-degree intentional homicide in Saturday’s slaying of the teenager, identified by his family as 17-year-old Isaac Schuman of Stillwater, Minn. Mr. Miu also faces four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide, a felony, according to a criminal complaint filed Monday in St. Croix County, Wis. Circuit Court.
The complaint described a bloody scene in which Mr. Miu “waved” a knife at a group of youths during a dispute on the Apple River, a tributary of the St. Croix River, which is frequented by tubers and campers from nearby often manual. St. Paul and Minneapolis.
Mr. Miu — described in the complaint as an “older man” with gray hair, weighing about 250 pounds — was captured on video running toward a group shirtless and carrying a snorkel, according to the documents. In the video, the group is heard telling him to “get away,” according to the documents.
According to interviews with witnesses and victims, Mr. Miu was “interfering with a group of teenagers on their tubes.” Members of this group were “shouting for help from others who were swimming down the nearby river,” according to the documents.
Witnesses said a group of people came and stood between Mr Miu and the youths and told him to leave. They also said he hit or hit a woman in the second group who was confronting him. According to the witnesses, a man then hit Mr. Miu and he fell into the river, the documents state.
Mr. Miu then began “rescuing numerous individuals who were near him,” according to the complaint. They described the knife as a three inch silver blade. After the stabbing, “there was so much blood in the river that the water turned a red color in places,” court documents state.
Authorities have not released the names of the victims. The teenager was pronounced dead after being taken to hospital. The IS four other victims was in stable condition, authorities said.
In an interview with the authorities, Mr. Miu claimed that he was acting in self-defense, and that he first contacted the group because he was looking for a lost phone and thought one of them might find it.
In a statement, the teenager’s family described him as an honor roll student who was looking forward to his senior year at Stillwater High School. They said he hoped to pursue a degree in electrical engineering, and in the past year, had started a car and boat detailing business.
“Isaac came into every room with a big smile, an infectious aura, and lifted everyone around him,” his family said in the statement. “He had such a bright future ahead of him and we are all heartbroken and devastated.”
The injured were described as two men, ages 20 and 22, from Luck, Wis.; woman, 24, of Burnsville, Minn.; and a 22-year-old man from Elk River, Minn., Sheriff Scott Knudson of the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement Sunday.
On the GoFundMe page, Ryhley Mattison said she was among those injured in the attack.
Deputies waded about 100 yards through waist-deep water to reach the victims, who were also assisted by others in the river and emergency medical workers, Sheriff Knudson said. Mr. Miu left the scene and was taken into custody at an exit point for tuberculosis, the sheriff’s office said in a statement.
Mr. Miu was with a group of friends, including his wife, Sondra Dee Miu, according to documents. She told authorities that she and her husband reached the river around 10:45 a.m., and that he had left their group at some point to try to find a “lost party member’s cell phone.”
Ms Miu told authorities that while her husband was looking for the phone, a group of men took off their phones and began beating Mr Miu, and two members of her party ran towards Mr Miu and the men that was there. fight. Ms. Miu “only heard screaming” and did not see what happened, documents say.
She told the authorities that Mr Miu had a knife in his pocket which was not very large. “Those men took him from him,” she said, adding that her husband told her that a group of people “were calling him a pedophile and attacked him.”
After the stabbing, he ran back up the river and into the woods, according to the complaint. Authorities arrested him after receiving reports at about 4:45 p.m. that witnesses saw him, documents say.
Jeremiah Harrelson, a public defender who represented Mr. Miu at Monday’s hearing, said he could not comment further on the case because he was no longer representing him.
In an interview with Brandie Hart, a lieutenant with the St. Louis County Sheriff’s Office. Croix, Mr. Miu said he worked as a mechanical engineer, had bachelor’s degrees in engineering and mathematics, and had “never been in trouble with the law. before.”
He said his actions were an act of “self-defence” and that he was looking for a lost mobile phone which he believed was inside a “float” – one of the bags provided to tubers to prevent valuables from sinking ground.
The group, he said, had insulted him for being in the water with his snorkel gear, calling him a “child molester.”
“They attacked me,” he told Lt. Hart, according to the complaint. “Everything happened so fast.”
A preliminary hearing is set for August 12.
Vimal Patel reporting helped.