Charges expected Monday in Apple River stabbings that left Stillwater teen dead, 4 others injured

1 August 2022

SOMERSET, Wis. — On Monday afternoon, a 52-year-old Prior Lake man is expected to be charged in the stabbings along the Apple River in Somerset, Wisconsin over the weekend.

The five victims range in age from 17 to 24 and were from Wisconsin and Minnesota. Investigators say that the five victims has sustained stab wounds to their midsections.

Authorities said the deceased victim is a 17-year-old boy from Stillwater. A representative from Stillwater High School confirmed Sunday that the victim was a student there.

The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office says the suspect was tubing along the river with a group when he started stabbing other tubers then took off. It happened Saturday afternoon and prompted an hour-and-half long search and evacuation of the river.



It’s still unclear what led to the stabbings.

The suspect is being held at the St. Croix County jail. His first court appearance is scheduled for 1 p.m. Monday.

His name and the names of the victims have not yet been released, but the victims were said by investigators to be from Luck, Burnsville and Elk River.

Anyone with information, including video, are asked to call Investigator John Shilts at 715-381-4219 or emailing johnshiltsjr@sccwi.gov.

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Author: WCCO Staff

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