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St. Paul man charged with 4 counts of hiding a corpse in connection with Wisconsin quadruple homicide

Rebecca Omastiak
Updated: September 17, 2021 06:23 PM
Created: September 17, 2021 09:27 AM

A St. Paul man has now been charged with four counts of hiding a corpse after four people were found shot to death in an SUV left in a Wisconsin cornfield.

According to a complaint filed in Dunn County, Wisconsin, 56-year-old Darren L. Osborne has been charged in connection with the incident. Osborne has also been identified with the last name "McWright."

Dunn County Sheriff Kevin Bygd says Osborne was arrested by St. Paul Police and was being held in Ramsey County Jail, awaiting extradition.

Bygd says more charges are expected as the investigation continues.

Authorities are continuing to look for a second suspect — Antoine Suggs — who is believed to be in the Twin Cities area.

The complaint details the following:

Officers contacted the registered owner of the 2008 black Mercedes Benz SUV found in the Wisconsin cornfield, who informed them the co-owner of a metro area-based auto dealer was in possession of the vehicle. When officers contacted the co-owner, she reported the vehicle was given to Suggs.

Investigators located an Arizona photo identification card for Suggs inside the abandoned SUV.

After a news release on the investigation was issued, investigators received a tip from a person who saw two men driving two vehicles in Sheridan, Wisconsin, during the timeframe officers specified.

Investigators reviewed surveillance video from a Sheridan gas station after receiving the tip.

In the video, a black Nissan Rogue could be seen pulling up to a gas pump at about noon Sunday. The driver was seen getting out and going into the gas station store. 

A second vehicle, a Mercedes Benz SUV matching the description and license plate of the vehicle later found in the cornfield, parked next to the Nissan. The Nissan driver could be seen making contact with the SUV driver and the two appeared to exchange something. The SUV could then be seen leaving the gas station.

The following day, investigators went to the St. Paul residence of the Nissan's registered owner. During the conversation with the registered owner, the man confirmed his brother is Antoine Suggs and that Suggs uses the Nissan when he is in town. When investigators showed the man a photo from the gas station surveillance video, the man identified Osborne, stating Osborne is his biological father.

Meanwhile, in an interview with a family member of Nitosha Flug-Presley — one of the four found dead — the family member said that Flug-Presley had a "thing" with Suggs and that Suggs would fly from Arizona to Minnesota to see her.

Witnesses at a St. Paul bar told investigators they observed Flug-Presley with Suggs late Saturday night into early Sunday morning. Witnesses also saw Jasmine Sturm and Matthew Pettus — two others found dead in the SUV Sunday.

Investigators were able to see, from a street camera surveillance video, the SUV at the bar at approximately 2 a.m. Sunday. Sturm could be seen running to the vehicle and getting into the passenger side of the vehicle. Investigators reported no one had further contact with Flug-Presley, Sturm or Pettus after they were seen leaving the bar.

On Tuesday, an investigator contacted an airline company about a ticket purchased for Suggs that was set to arrive in the Twin Cities from Phoenix Sunday night. The airline company confirmed Suggs did not check in or board that flight. Meanwhile, a still frame of video surveillance from the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport early Saturday morning showed a man matching the description of Suggs getting out of the SUV. The front seat passenger appeared to be a female, but she does not exit the vehicle, investigators stated.

Police are continuing to search for Suggs and say he should be considered armed and dangerous.


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