A 17-year-old boy from Minnesota died and four others were in critical condition after being stabbed while swimming down a Wisconsin river on Saturday afternoon.
SOMERSET, Wis. (AP) — A Minnesota teenager has died and four other people have been seriously injured after being stabbed while descending a Wisconsin river, authorities said.
St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, the victims and the suspect, a 52-year-old Minnesota man, were all on the Apple River when the attack happened Saturday afternoon. Knudson said investigators are working to determine what led to the stabbings and whether the victims and suspect knew each other. They were tubing with two different groups which included about 20 people.
“We don’t yet know who was connected to whom, who knew each other or what precipitated it,” Knudson said.
The knife attack happened on a hard-to-reach section of the river near the town of Somerset, Wis., about 35 miles east of Minneapolis. The suspect was arrested about an hour and a half later while descending the river downstream.
“Thank goodness a witness had taken a picture of him,” Knudson told the Minneapolis Star Tribune. “Another witness located him outside the tubing area, where he was taken into custody.”
A 17-year-old boy from Minnesota has died. Two of the other victims were airlifted to a hospital in St. Paul, Minnesota, and two others were taken there by ambulance. The four surviving victims – a woman and three men believed to be all in their twenties – were in critical condition.
The names of the victims and suspect were not immediately released, but St. Croix County Jail records show a 52-year-old man was being held without bond on suspicion of first-degree homicide, four grievous bodily harm and four counts of mayhem.