Minneapolis Police make arrest in murder case of Medtronic employee

The 42-year-old was an accomplished Medtronic employee.
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An arrest has been made in a Minneapolis homicide investigation that began as an assault case in late July. 

The arrest was made Thursday when a 28-year-old man was detained by Minneapolis Police, who had been working the case since a man was found on the floor, unconscious around 1:30 a.m. on July 28 in the 100 block of 5th St. S.

The man suffered a head injury in the overnight assault and died almost a month later – Aug. 23 – at Hennepin County Medical Center. 

The victim has been identified as Aleksandre Sambelashvili, 42, of Maple Grove. His obituary says he died of a traumatic brain injury, while noting that he lived a full and accomplished life. 

"Alex, or Sasha as he was known to his friends, lived a full and accomplished life," his obituary reads. "He earned PhD in Biomedical Engineering from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, OH and an MBA from Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota."

Sambelashvili was employed by Medtronic where he worked on improving heart disease products. He was also married with two children, ages 7 and 4, respectively, according to the obituary. 

The 28-year-old suspect is being held in the Hennepin County Detention Center for probable cause murder. 

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