Search Warrant Suggests 'Scuffle' before Fatal Eagan Hit-and-Run

July 03, 2018 12:47 PM

The video above originally aired Friday

A search warrant suggests a man killed in an Eagan hit-and-run last week may have been involved in a "scuffle" prior to being struck by a vehicle.


Eagan police wrote in the search warrant filed in Dakota County: "Doctors advised that the male victim had injuries on his hands that may have not been caused by the vehicle. It is possible that there was a scuffle prior to the victims being hit by the van."

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

When police arrived at the 2000 block of Silver Bell Road on Thursday night they found 74-year-old Roger Peterson and 58-year-old Diane Peterson "were struggling to breathe," noting, "Officers on the scene believed that the victims were not going to survive." 

The couple was transported to the hospital where they were pronounced dead.

The next day, police arrested 36-year-old Jonna Kojo Armartey of Eagan, who told investigators he saw the Petersons and they "freaked him out," so he ran over them.

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The search warrant references surveillance video, also detailed in the criminal complaint, that reportedly shows Armartey's mini-van was following the couple as they left Bald Man Brewery. Witnesses told police the van sped away after running the Petersons over, the search warrant details.

Officers noted a phone was found at the vehicle, which was left at a restaurant nearly a mile away. The windshield had "spider webbing" damage, and Eagan police requested to analyze the car for biological and trace evidence. It also mentioned the cell phone, and specified officers would search for "any weapons or objects that could be used as a weapon to assault the victims." 

RELATED: Man Charged in St. Paul Hit-and-Run that Injured 4-Year-Old

Armartey has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder, not premeditated. 

His bail was set at $2 million with conditions, $1.5 million without.


Theresa Malloy

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