Minneapolis police seek public help in identifying suspect who reportedly stabbed 3 at random

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: April 08, 2021 06:26 PM
Created: April 08, 2021 09:39 AM

The Minneapolis Police Department is asking for the public's help in identifiying an individual suspected of three recent stabbings.

Thursday, the department reported one of the stabbings resulted in a death.

During the news conference, John Elder, with the Minneapolis Police Department, said the suspect reportedly stabbed three people at random at three different locations the morning of March 17.

At about 9:20 a.m. that morning, the suspect reportedly stabbed a 78-year-old woman at a bus shelter near the intersection of Chicago and Franklin avenues. The suspect left that scene on foot, Elder stated. The woman was transported to Hennepin Healthcare where she later died.

78-year-old woman killed in Minneapolis stabbing identified

At about 9:30 a.m., the same suspect approached a 76-year-old man standing on the 2200 block of Park Avenue South waiting for his wife to return from an appointment.  The two "engaged in very cordial conversation," Elder said, and the suspect, "without provocation," stabbed the man. The suspect again left the scene on foot. The man was taken to Hennepin Healthcare in critical condition, Elder stated.

Then, at 9:45 a.m., the suspect stabbed a 28-year-old man while the man was waiting at a bus shelter at the intersection of Lake Street and 12th Avenue South. The suspect again left the scene on foot, Elder said. The man was taken to Hennepin Healthcare in serious condition.

Elder said the suspect has been identified as a male of undetermined age, who is at most 5 feet 9 inches tall and who has black hair and had facial hair at the time of the stabbings.

In an update Thursday afternoon, officials released photos of the suspect as well as a map of where the incidents took place.

Elder said so far in the investigation, there has not been evidence to suggest the suspect and victims knew each other.

A reward is being offered for information that could lead to identification and an arrest of the suspect in this case. Those with information are asked to call CrimeStoppers at 1-800-222-8477. 

Watch the full news conference via the video player below:


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