When Antoine D. Suggs went to his father's St. Paul home at 5 a.m. on Sept. 12, he offered a startling admission, according to criminal charges: That he "snapped and killed a couple of people."
Suggs, 38, was charged Tuesday with four counts of second-degree murder, the Ramsey County Attorney's Office announced, in connection with the shooting deaths of Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, Matthew Isiah Pettus, Loyace Foreman III and Jasmine Christine Sturm.
The four victims were found shot to death inside an SUV that had been abandoned in a rural Dunn County, Wisconsin, cornfield. The newly filed criminal charges allege Suggs shot all four while on Seventh Street in St. Paul, then drove them to the cornfield, with investigators using surveillance video, traffic cameras and blood splatter to trace his actions that morning.
Suggs was arrested in Arizona Friday after turning himself in to authorities. He also faces charges of hiding a corpse, which were filed in Wisconsin. His father, a 56-year-old from St. Paul, is also in custody but has not been criminally charged.
Ramsey County Attorney John Choi, in Tuesday's announcement, called it a "disturbing case," adding: "Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims."
Mystery has surrounded the incident, which began with the farmer's grisly discovery off County Trunk Highway VVV in Sheridan Township around 2:18 p.m. Sept. 12.
When authorities arrived, the charges state, they found Flug-Presley slumped over in the front passenger seat, with a fatal gunshot wound to the mouth; Sturm was in the rear passenger seat, and died from a bullet that went through her left palm, then into her cheek; behind the driver's seat was her brother, Pettus, who had two gunshot wounds to the back of his head; and between Sturm and Pettus was Foreman III, who had suffered a gunshot wound to his face and head.
The Ramsey County Attorney's Office believes Suggs shot all four, while they were in his later-abandoned Mercedes-Benz SUV, in the area of Seventh Street in St. Paul between 3:30 and 3:48 a.m. Sunday.
According to the criminal charges filed against Suggs:
Authorities on the scene of the abandoned Mercedes-Benz SUV found the driver's seat was empty, and there was no blood on it. Investigators also found Suggs' Arizona driver's license, covered in blood, and six spent shell casings in the car.
Authorities noticed blood had pooled beneath the vehicle and splattered in the rear wheel well. That led investigators to believe the shooting had happened elsewhere and the vehicle had been driven to the cornfield.
Investigators began tracing each person's steps early Sunday morning. STurm, Pettus and Foreman III had been at Shamrock's in St. Paul until about 1:26 a.m., after which Sturm and Pettus arrived at the White Squirrel. There, Flug-Presley was with Sturm and a man, later identified as Suggs, who'd previously been arguing with the bartender, complaining loudly about something "happening every time he comes back to Minnesota," and mentioning his six children.
A second witness, who left separately, said Flug-Presley got into the passenger seat of a black SUV. Sturm and Pettus got into the back seats. The witness also said Flug-Presley didn't post to Snapchat after that point.
The exact details of what happened aren't known, but here's what the criminal complaint pieces together through surveillance footage and phone records, as well as interviews:
Suggs' SUV returned to the White Squirrel around 2:50 a.m. Eighteen minutes later, Foreman III created a contact in his phone for Suggs. The Mercedes-Benz remained there until 3:30 a.m., at which point the vehicle goes west on Seventh Street toward the McDonalds on Madison Street, then toward Shephard road before returning to Seventh Street and heading east.
CCTV footage at Seventh and Walnut streets at 3:48 a.m. shows Flug-Presley "already slumped over in the passenger seat."
At 4:30 a.m., Suggs called his father who lives in the area, but it went unanswered.
Suggs' father, in an interview after being arrested by police, said Suggs showed up at around 5 a.m. with his mother, and spoke about taking care of the kids and trying to get along. His mom left, then Suggs asked his dad to follow him in his mother's vehicle, a Nissan Rogue, at one point saying to his dad he "snapped and shot a couple of people." Suggs said it happened in the SUV while on Seventh Street.
Cameras capture the Mercedes-Benz, with Flug-Presley visibly slumped in the front passenger's seat, multiple times during the hours afterward, heading toward and into Wisconsin. The Nissan Rogue can also be seen behind the Mercedes-Benz. Cellphone data shows at least one of the victim's phones heading that direction as well. Suggs and his father both left their phones in Ramsey County.
Just after noon, both vehicles are caught on gas station surveillance camera in Wheeler, Wisconsin, about 10 miles from the cornfield. Suggs' father goes into the store, buys items, then hands through the open driver's seat window. Suggs' father also stands by the open passenger side window for a time. The two vehicles then leave in the direction of the cornfield.
Investigators later found evidence of blood in the gas station where the Mercedez-Bens had been stopped.
The two drove to the cornfield, where Suggs abandoned the SUV and his father gave him a ride back to Minneapolis. The father told police he didn't know the bodies were in the vehicle.
A court date is not currently scheduled for Suggs, according to online records. The charges state he is still in custody in Arizona.