Boy, 17, is killed and four other people are left critically ill after being stabbed while TUBING in remote stretch of Wisconsin river: Cops detain suspect
- A 52-year-old Minnesota man has been arrested after the attack on a group of tubers floating down the Apple river in Wisconsin
- The suspect was part of a group of six to eight tubers, and he for reasons unknown attacked the rival group
- One 17-year-old boy was stabbed to death and four others were seriously injured – one woman and three men, all aged in their early 20s
- The attacker fled the scene but was arrested without incident around an hour later, a mile downstream
- It is unclear whether the attacker knew his victims before or what their interactions had been
The group were tubing along Apple river near the town of Somerset in western Wisconsin, close to the Minnesota border. The Apple River has long been a popular summer recreational destination for Twin Cities residents.
They were attacked at around 3:45pm by a member of what St Croix County sheriffs believe was another tubing group of about six to eight people.
The motive was unclear, and police are trying to speak to the 15-20 people who were tubing on the river at the time.
Sheriff Scott Knudson said the scene at the remote location was ‘chaotic, scary.’
Officials comb the Apple river on Saturday afternoon to try and find the knife used in the stabbing of five people – leaving one of them fatally wounded
Around 15-20 people were on the river in tubes at the time of the attack, at 3:45pm on Saturday
Sheriff Scott Knudson said that the attack was a scene of ‘chaos’, and highly unusual
He added: ‘I am sure anyone who witnessed this will never forget it. It is a tragedy.’
Knudson said investigators are still searching for the murder weapon, as the suspect did not have the knife on him when he was arrested around a mile down river from the scene.
He said someone took a photo of the attacker, which helped them to identify him, and he was arrested an hour after the stabbing.
‘He was taken into custody without incident.
‘We don’t know yet who was connected to who, who knew each other or what precipitated it,’ Knudson said.
Other tubers began helping the victims after the attack, Knudson said, and administering first aid.
Two victims were flown to a hospital and two were taken by ambulance. All were in critical condition with lacerations to their bodies.
One is female, and the other three are males. Knudson said they were all in their early 20s.
Tubing is popular along the river, where for about $20, a person can take a shuttle up the river and be dropped off with an inflatable tube to float back down. The float downriver takes about two and a half hours.
The sheriff said he was shocked by the violence.
‘It’s been a number of years since a stabbing has taken place,’ said Knudson. ‘I don’t know what to make of it. I just don’t know.’
The suspect is currently at the St Croix County jail.
Knudson said that they are hoping for charges to be made on Monday.