Skip to main content

A Duluth man is accused of killing his roommate's four ferrets and leaving their bodies in an alley by their apartment.

Levi James Arneberg, 27, is charged with four counts of gross misdemeanor animal cruelty after he allegedly shot his roommate's four pets with a BB gun following an argument.

According to the criminal complaint:

On  Jan. 18 at about 12:24 p.m., police were called to an apartment at 5 N 23rd Ave. E on a report of a disturbance between two roommates. One of the roommates, a man in his 50s, called police to say he got home from work to find that Arneberg had thrown some of his belongings out of their apartment. 

The night before, the victim said they'd been in a verbal argument about the victim having too many of his things in their shared space. During the argument, Arneberg held a kitchen knife to his hand and said, "It would be bad if one of them [the ferrets] were hurt. Get the f*** out!"

Police found blood in the stairs, walls, ground and in the ferrets' cage. Officers then found four dead ferrets in the alleyway outside. 

A witness told police she saw Arneberg walk through the alley and heard him say a ferret smiled at him so he shot it 10 times. 

When police found Arneberg, he said "Dude, I killed his ferrets. Give me a break." He later said he killed them because "They smell like s***."

He told police he killed them with a BB gun and put them in the woods down the alley, adding "The big one was hard to kill."

He also said, "I swear the thing was laughing and breathing, laughing and breathing and I just kept shooting it in the f****** head."

Arneberg was booked into jail on Jan. 18, jail records show. He made his first court appearance on Jan. 20, during which his bail was set at $20,000. 

During the hearing, St. Louis County prosecutor Tony Rubin called Arneberg's conduct "concerning" and requested he receives screenings for mental health and chemical dependency issues as part of any conditional release, the Duluth News Tribune said.

Arneberg remains in jail on an alleged probation violation, jail records show. According to court records, Arneberg is under supervision for two drunken driving cases that occurred a week apart in July 2020. 

He has an omnibus hearing scheduled for Feb. 14.

Next Up

Screen Shot 2022-05-24 at 5.21.04 PM

Ex-South St. Paul coach dies by suicide 2 days before sentencing

Matthew McCollister was to be sentenced for fraud in federal court on Wednesday.


Minnesota 'glampground' named one of 10 best in U.S.

In Nevis, Minnesota, campers can stay in a refurbished 1905 train car.

Screen Shot 2022-01-28 at 9.04.12 AM

Two men charged over terrifying armed robbery at Newport apartment

They shot the woman who lives in the apartment in the abdomen, and put a gun to a man's head.

Minneapolis police

Minneapolis 2-year-old identified in suspicious death case

The cause of death has not yet been revealed due to an ongoing investigation.

Arianna Vos

Victim of wrong-way driver crash ID'd as Hutchinson 19-year-old

Three women, ages 19, 20 and 20, were in the vehicle struck by a wrong-way driver early Sunday morning.

Julissa Thaler

Eli Hart killing: Police investigating multiple crime scenes

An announcement Tuesday confirmed potential crime scenes in Mound and Minnetrista.

SEIU Healthcare Minnesota strike.

Twin Cities mental health workers gather for 1-day strike

More than 400 mental health workers are participating in the unionized strike on Tuesday.

Bloomington Fire

HAZMAT team at Bloomington hotel following chemical spill in pool

The fire department said two hotel employees are being evaluated by paramedics.

Screen Shot 2022-03-24 at 9.21.32 AM

Big Brothers Big Sisters Twin Cities gets $6M of Mackenzie Scott donation

The donation is the largest the organization has ever seen from a single individual.

Hennepin Avenue S.

Minneapolis accused of backtracking on 24/7 bus lanes for Hennepin Ave.

The Minneapolis City Council is set to vote on Thursday.

Pexels - face mask covid holding

Duluth brings back masking in city buildings amid COVID surge

Duluth, in one of the state's current COVID hotspots, has brought back a mask requirement in city buildings.


brent buchan

Charges: Man identified friend as his killer before dying of gunshot wounds

The victim told police his friend shot him and then said "my dying breath."

fentanyl DEA

21 people charged in connection to drug trafficking in northern MN

Police say the organization sold more than 10 pounds of heroin and fentanyl in northern Minnesota.

Atravius Weeks booking photo

Charges: Man shot ex-girlfriend multiple times outside day care in Lakeville

The suspect shot himself in the head after fatally shooting his ex, charges say.

jeremy jones richardson - pine county

Charges: Man broke into friend's home, killed him with his cane

Pieces of the victim's cane were found on his back, charges say.

Lauri Anne Deatherage

Charges: Man killed ex-wife because she got remarried

He sent videos explaining his decision to family members, charges state.

Ricky Eloy Ramirez

Charges: TX man was acting paranoid before he shot man in MN hotel

He's accused of shooting the victim six times, killing him.

moorhead police

Charges: Man beaten, slashed with knife for touching roommate's sex doll

The roommates got in a fight after the victim allegedly put a blanket on the man's sex doll.