July 17, 2017 01:18 PM
St. Paul police have identified the body found Friday afternoon in a garage on the 600 block of Lawson Avenue East.
The body of 47-year-old Allan Bishara Aguilar of St. Paul was discovered by a private citizen, who called police before 3 p.m. Friday. Upon arrival, officers found the decomposed body in the garage.
St. Paul police released his identity Monday morning. Investigators believe the body had been in the garage for a significant amount of time.
On Friday police said multiple people were taken to the St. Paul Police Department Headquarters for questioning.
John Michael Erickson, 49, and Patricia Dawn Yucker, 47, were later arrested. Erickson has been charged with two counts of second degree murder - with and without intent.
Both counts are felonies that carry a maximum sentence of 40 years in prison. He appeared in court Monday afternoon
Yucker was being held on suspicion of interfering with a dead body-concealing evidence. Erickson was previously convicted of third-degree criminal sexual conduct in Dakota County in May of 2001.
The criminal complaint against Erickson in the current matter alleges that friends of Aguilar told officers arriving on the scene that 'Buddy' (Aguilar) had been missing for weeks. Erickson's garage, they said, was a place where neighbors used to gather and drink. But since Aguilar had gone missing, Erickson kept the garage closed and did not allow anyone in.
They also told officers they had heard Erickson threaten to shoot Aguilar if he ever saw him again.
The complaint said officers found Erickson asleep. And that he did not ask why police were there, but only repeated an expletive over and over and asked officers "Just take care of my dog for me. He's a good dog. Very smart."
The complaint states Erickson eventually told officers he allowed a neighbor to work on cars in his garage and discovered that half of his own tools were missing. The complaint goes on to say a neighbor felt Aguilar had been stealing Erickson's tools and it led to an argument between Aguilar and Erickson in which Erickson said he wanted his tools back and the car removed from his garage.
Then, a week later, Erickson allegedly told authorities he was in the garage with his dog. As he moved to the circuit breaker to turn on the lights, he reportedly told police he "was struck by a bat or something."
According to the complaint, he began to wrestle with the man in his garage and said he grabbed part of a metal jack from his tool shelf.
"Erickson said he was fighting for his life and family," the complaint said. "Erickson said he struck the man 4 or 5 times. Erickson said the man would not stay down."
The complaint goes on to say Erickson reportedly told police he did not know what to know, having just killed a man and having a stolen car in his garage. So he reportedly said he put plastic over Aquilar and "rolled him over to the corner of the garage."
The report said the incident happened a month-and-a-half ago and "Erickson said he was hoping the maggots would take care of the body because he didn't know what to do with it."
Kirsten Swanson, Ben Rodgers and Frank Rajkowski
Updated: July 17, 2017 01:18 PM
Created: July 17, 2017 09:25 AM
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