SOMERSET, Wis. — Authorities in western Wisconsin have released more details about the fatal stabbing incident in a popular tubing area on the Apple River, including the conditions of the surviving victims.
According to the St. Croix Sheriff’s Office, the dispatch office received reports of a stabbing on the Apple River above Sunrise Bridge in Somerset around 3.45pm on Saturday. When deputies arrived, they found five people stabbed in the waist.
“Deputies, along with citizens, have begun providing medical care to the victims,” the sheriff’s office said Sunday.
The suspect, a 52-year-old man from Prior Lake, Minnesota, initially fled but is now in custody. Police say he was with another group that was tubing. He did not have a knife when the police arrested him.
All five victims were taken to area hospitals, two were airlifted to St. Paul Regional Hospital and two others were transported by ambulance to the same location. The fifth victim was taken to Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater where he was pronounced dead.
Authorities said the deceased victim is a 17-year-old boy from Stillwater.
The four victims are all in stable condition, with injuries ranging from serious to critical to the torso and chest. They are identified as:
- 22 year old male from Luck
- 22-year-old man from Elk River, Minnesota
- 24 year old female from Burnsville, Minnesota
- 20 year old male from Luck, Wisconsin
The suspect’s name is withheld until he is formally charged, which authorities expect Monday. Authorities said he was near the Tubers exit point on the Apple River and then taken into custody without incident. He is being held at St. Croix County Jail.
“The St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the agencies that responded to assist with this traumatic incident and express our gratitude to the citizens who stepped in to provide care and comfort to the victims,” the sheriff’s office said. in the update.
The sheriff’s office said Saturday it was unclear whether the stabbing was random and investigators were trying to determine a motive.
while investigators work in and out of the river.
Anyone with information, including video, is asked to call Investigator John Shilts at 715-381-4219 or email email@example.com.