Man Charged with Second-Degree Murder in Fatal Eagan Hit-and-Run

July 03, 2018 12:40 PM

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36-year-old Eagan man has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, not premeditated, in connection to a fatal hit-and-run crash that killed two people last week.


Court records show Jonna Kojo Armartey was charged Monday in Dakota County, and his bail was set at $2 million with conditions, $1.5 million without.

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According to the criminal complaint, officers were called to the 2000 block of Silver Bell Road in Eagan around 9:51 p.m. last Thursday on a report of two people lying in a parking lot bleeding and gasping for air. Once on the scene, officers discovered 74-year-old Roger Peterson and 58-year-old Diane Peterson.

Both were transported to Regions Hospital in St. Paul where they were pronounced dead.

A spokesperson for the Peterson family provided the following statement to the Eagan Police Department:

Roger and Diane were active members of their church and their community. They were always there for support or encouragement and pillars for family and friends. We were all family. We request privacy during this difficult time and request no to be contacted by members of the media as we grieve and celebrate the lives of those that have been taken from us. Thank you.

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The complaint states witnesses at the scene said the Petersons were hit by a silver van which sped away from the scene. Surveillance video from a nearby business also reportedly showed a mini-van following the two as they walked through the parking lot.

The complaint reports a 911 call a short time later placed the mini-van in the parking lot of a restaurant less than a mile from the initial scene and in the direction witnesses said they observed the mini-van heading.

Officers responded to that location, the complaint states, and found a mini-van with front-end damage and the majority of the windshield cracked, according to the complaint. A cell phone found wedged under the passenger side windshield wiper was reportedly determined to have belonged to Diane Peterson.

In addition, the complaint alleges officers observed prescription medical bottles inside the mini-van in Armartey's name. The investigation reportedly determined he had purchased the mini-van from a third party this past winter.

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The complaint states further investigation indicated Armartey was ejected from an apartment near where the incident occurred after a fight with his family the day before, and he was seen placing the items in the same mini-van believed to have been involved in the crash.

According to the complaint, he was located at a hotel in Apple Valley Friday and was taken into custody. The complaint alleges in an interview following his arrest, Armartey said he saw the Petersons, and they "freaked him out," so he ran them over.

His next court appearance is scheduled for July 12.


Frank Rajkowski

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