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Arizona Man Awaiting Extradition For Quadruple Murder Of Friends Who Were Found Shot Dead In A Wisconsin Cornfield
Antoine Suggs allegedly told his father, Darren McWright, he “snapped” prior to gunning down a group of friends in St. Paul last weekend.
A man suspected in a quadruple murder that was discovered inside a van by authorities earlier this month in a Wisconsin cornfield confessed he killed the four friends, according to a criminal complaint released this week.
Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, was arrested in Gilbert, Arizona on Friday, ending a five-day manhunt. Suggs, who allegedly executed the group of friends after leaving a St. Paul bar, later dumped their bodies across state lines and fled to Arizona. He turned himself in without incident, police said.
He faces four counts of second-degree intentional murder without premeditation. Wisconsin authorities have also charged him with four counts of hiding a corpse. As of Friday, investigators there hadn’t yet interviewed Suggs.
“We are greatly relieved that the police investigation has yielded enough information to bring forward criminal charges today in this very disturbing case,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi told Oxygen.com in a statement on Tuesday. “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims. My greatest appreciation for the diligent work on this case by the Saint Paul Police Department and other law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly to find the truth.”
On Sept. 12, police recovered four bodies from a Mercedes Benz SUV that had been deserted in a cornfield near the rural township of Sheridan, Wisconsin. A local farmer initially made the discovery and tipped off authorities.
Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30; Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26; Loyace Foreman III, 35; and Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, were found dead, slumped over inside the vehicle. A pool of blood was found underneath the vehicle. In total, six shell casings were located at the scene. Suggs’ blood-splattered driver’s license was discovered inside the vehicle.
All four victims, who are from St. Paul, police said, had been shot in the head, according to a preliminary autopsy report. Their deaths were subsequently ruled homicides. Officials suspect that Flug-Presley, Pettus, Foreman III, Sturm were killed in St. Paul and their bodies were later transported to Wisconsin.
Investigators later discovered the SUV had been loaned to Suggs. It’s currently unclear how he managed to get to Arizona following the killings. He is now awaiting extradition to Minnesota.
Last week, Sugg’s father, Darren Lee McWright, was questioned in connection to the quadruple murder. He is in police custody in Minnesota but hasn’t been formally charged with a crime. He told police he’d followed his son in a Nissan Rogue to Wisconsin and picked him up from the field where the abandoned SUV was found. McWright denied knowing his son was moving dead bodies.
Surveillance footage captured McWright and Suggs at a gas station in Wheeler, Wisconsin around noon on Sept. 12 about 10 miles from the cornfield where the bodies were found. The footage also captured McWright looking inside the vehicle. Blood evidence was also found at the rest stop.
The Ramsey County District Attorney’s Office confirmed prosecutors are currently reviewing charges against McWright in connection to the four murders.
McWright was arrested in May for stomping on another man’s head at a St. Paul gas station, according to a separate criminal complaint obtained by Oxygen.com. He was on probation at the time and had an active protection order and fifth-degree assault cases pending in both Ramsey County and Anoka County.
A motive in the quadruple murder hasn’t been disclosed by authorities. However, they said they suspect Suggs was socializing with the four victims at, White Squirrel, a St. Paul bar, in the early morning hours of Sept. 12 prior to the fatal shootings.
A bartender at White Squirrel picked Suggs out of a photo lineup and told police she’d seen him with Flug-Presley shortly before the murders. Surveillance footage captured the group in the vicinity of the business, as well. Another witness, who said she had been with the group at the bar, told detectives she saw Flug-Presley, Sturm, and Pettus get into a black SUV.
Investigators suspect all four were killed by Suggs between 3:30 a.m. and 3:48 a.m. inside the vehicle.
Additional surveillance footage of the SUV later showed Flug-Presley “slumped over in the front passenger seat,” the criminal complaint stated.
Suggs was previously convicted on a felony possession of a firearm charge, according to court documents.
Attorney information wasn’t immediately available for Suggs on Wednesday. If convicted on murder charges alone, he faces a collective maximum penalty of 160 years in prison.