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2nd suspect linked to quadruple homicide investigation turns himself in

The second suspect in a quadruple homicide investigation turned himself into police in Arizona on Friday.

Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, was living in the Phoenix area before recently traveling back to Minnesota, said Dunn County, Wis., Sheriff Kevin Bygd.

Antoine Darnique Suggs (Courtesy of the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office)

“At this time, it’s unknown how Suggs traveled back to Arizona this week,” Bygd said in a Friday statement. “Suggs has not been interviewed yet so we have no new information to release at this time.”

On Sunday afternoon, a farmer in the Town of Sheridan, Wis., found an abandoned vehicle in a cornfield. Inside were the bodies of Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; her brother, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; her boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul, and her lifelong friend, Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater.

The last known contact anyone had with the four was at 2:08 a.m. Sunday, when they were seen leaving a St. Paul bar, according to criminal complaints filed against Suggs and his father, Darren Lee Osborne, 56, of St. Paul.

They are both charged with four counts of hiding a corpse, as a party to a crime, in Dunn County. More serious charges could be brought against one or both men in Wisconsin or Minnesota when it’s determined where the four people were killed, Bygd said Thursday.

Flug-Presley and Suggs were seen together at the White Squirrel Bar on West Seventh Street near Randolph Avenue late Saturday night into early Sunday morning.

He would fly in from Arizona and see Flug-Presley, an aunt of the woman told a sheriff’s office investigator. Flug-Presley’s mother reported to another investigator that she knew her daughter was recently with a man named Antoine.

ARREST IN ARIZONA

Word of Suggs’ arrest brought a sense of relief to Flug-Presley’s father, Damone Presley Sr.

“It feels like I’m finally able to take a breath,” he said Friday. “It’s a beginning to some closure, but it is never going to be total closure.”

Suggs, whose address is listed as Scottsdale, Ariz., surrendered at the Gilbert, Ariz., police headquarters, a suburb of Phoenix, about 11 a.m. Friday. Police said they took him into custody without incident.

He will be held in the Maricopa County Jail in Phoenix awaiting extradition to Wisconsin, according to the Dunn County sheriff’s office, which said the investigation is ongoing.

Warrants for Suggs and Osborne’s arrests were issued Wednesday.

The Dunn County complaint against Suggs says he qualifies as a repeat offender under Wisconsin law, which could bring a longer sentence, and references a 2019 felony conviction in Arizona. Court records show Suggs was found guilty of aggravated assault domestic violence — impede breathing, and was put on probation for three years.

WHAT THE CRIMINAL COMPLAINT SAYS

A witness told law enforcement that she last saw Flug-Presley, Sturm and Pettus near an unknown St. Paul bar early Sunday. They got in a black sport-utility vehicle that a male was driving.

When the bodies were found in a black 2008 Mercedes-Benz, Flug-Presley’s was in the front passenger seat and her friends’ were in the back seats. They each sustained at least one gunshot wound to the head, according to the complaints.

The motive for the killings is “still quite a mystery,” Bygd said Thursday.

Law enforcement found Suggs’ Arizona photo identification card in the Mercedes, which the vehicle’s co-owner reported giving to Suggs.

Surveillance footage from a nearby gas station in Wisconsin showed a Nissan at 12:07 p.m. Sunday. A black Mercedes pulled next to the Nissan, and the drivers appeared to exchange something. The Mercedes drove away, followed by the Nissan.

The abandoned Mercedes was found in a cornfield and reported to the sheriff’s office at 2:18 p.m. Sunday.

A brother of Suggs’ identified the man driving the Nissan as his biological father, Osborne, based on a surveillance photo from the gas station. St. Paul police arrested Osborne in St. Paul on Wednesday night.

Attorneys for the men weren’t listed in Dunn County court records.

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