Authorities are holding a suspect in connection with the death of a 17-year-old high school student who was stabbed along with four others while tubing on Wisconsin’s Apple River over the weekend.
Nicolae Miu, 52, was arrested without incident around 5:15 p.m. Saturday by deputies from the St. Croix County Sheriff’s Office, some 90 minutes after the terrifying attack. Miu had left the scene by the time officers arrived, but they identified him using a photograph taken by a bystander, police said.
Miu has yet to be formally charged but was arrested on charges of first-degree intentional homicide, mayhem, and aggravated battery with intent to cause great bodily harm, according to booking records. He will appear in court Monday at 1 p.m. local time, Capt. Tim Kufus told The Daily Beast in an email.
“The incident reports are currently being reviewed, and a criminal complaint will be forthcoming,” Kufus said.
Miu, whose motive remains unknown, lives in Prior Lake, Minnesota, and works for an HVAC supply company in Minneapolis. It is not clear if he has yet retained a lawyer, and was unable to be reached for comment. Miu’s wife, Sandi, hung up the phone when contacted by The Daily Beast on Monday,
Although little detail about Miu has so far been released, his online activity provides something of a window into his personal world.
On Friday, just one day before he allegedly murdered a teenager, Miu shared a pro-gun meme on his Facebook page, accusing “communist [sic]” at the social media platform of “covering it up and deleting.”
Another shows similar support for the 2nd Amendment, insisting that “Guns don’t kill people, people kill people.”
Miu also seems to enjoy the water, posting happy snaps from an outing last week to Prior Lake in Minnesota. His Facebook likes include, among others, a group called “I Support Donald Trump,” a Blue Lives Matter page, and one called “Attractive Chicks.”
One of the wounded tubers, Ryhley Mattison, created a GoFundMe campaign Monday morning from her hospital bed, asking for donations to defray her medical costs.
“Some friends and I were tubing when we came [across] a group who were asking for our help,” the fundraiser says. “My friends and I went over to see what was going on and there was an older man there being inappropriate and was asked to leave but wouldn’t. The older man ended up having a knife and stabbed a few friends of mine and myself included. I’m starting this go fund me because I currently lost my job and I have no way of paying for these medical bills and I’m struggling making ends meet right now.”