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Minneapolis murder suspect arrested at Minnesota-Canada border

Entrance into Canada is currently prohibited for non-essential business.

An arrest at the Minnesota-Canada border has been connected to a stabbing homicide that happened last week in Minneapolis. 

Minneapolis PD announced Wednesday that a 23-year-old suspect was arrested just after 8 a.m. on August 9 by Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) at the Emerson, Manitoba port of entry into Canada. 

The CBSA was alerted to the possibility of the 23-year-old murder suspect being in northern Minnesota or North Dakota, as investigators had probable cause that the individual was attempting to flee to Canada. 

Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, all U.S. border crossings to Canada are closed to non-essential travel until Aug. 21. 

The day before being arrested, the 23-year-old is believed to have fatally stabbed 19-year-old Abdirisaq Muhudin Namhani just after 7:45 p.m. in the area of N. 4th Ave. and Van White Memorial Blvd. west of downtown Minneapolis

Officers arrived at the scene to find Namhani without a pulse and not breathing, having been stabbed multiple times. Lifesaving efforts proved unsuccessful as he was pronounced dead at Hennepin Healthcare. 

MPD said the incident was the result of an altercation "between acquaintances" that "turned physical and one person stabbed the other." 

The suspect is being held in a Grand Forks jail pending extradition proceedings. Charges of second-degree murder and second-degree assault are pending. 

Note: Details provided in this story are based on the police's latest version of events, and may be subject to change.

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