3 adults, teen charged in pair of Mankato mystery drug deaths


Three adults and a teenager were charged Thursday in the deaths of two Mankato young people. The pair died in the past week after independently ingesting synthetic drugs.

KEYC identifies the three adults as Tyler Anthony Caputo, 21, James Luke Inman, 30, and Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider, 19. A 15-year-old boy has also been charged. All of them are from Mankato. WCCO reports that the adults are being held in the Blue Earth County jail and the teen is in the Carver County juvenile detention center after being arrested late Tuesday and early Wednesday. Police have said that the supplier of the drugs could face homicide charges.

The Star Tribune reported that the suspects allegedly committed “various controlled substance violations” in connection with the deaths of Louis Folson-Hart, 22, of Mankato, and Chloe Moses, 17, a junior at Mankato West High School.

Police said that officers recovered blue baggies with images of gold-colored crowns at the homes of both of the victims. Investigators suspect the baggies contained a drug known as 2C, also referred to as "Smiles,"which may be a synthetic cocaine or LSD that comes in a powder or pill form.

KARE reports that investigators talked to the boyfriend of Chloe Moses, who told them that he had also taken the substance, purchased from the teenager. Police served a search warrant on the juvenile's residence and found capsules and blue baggies similar to those found at the homes where the two deaths occurred.

Information uncovered by detectives steered them to Inman, who admitted that he provided drugs to a 22-year-old man who died after ingesting the substance. Inman told authorities he got the synthetic substances from Tyler Caputo and Skylar Jo Reichel-Schneider.

A search warrant served at at Caputo and Reichel-Schneider's residence on March 11 turned up powder and pills, smoking and snorting pipes and paraphernalia, a mushroom growing operation, marijuana, blue baggies with crowns on them and weighing scales.

The Mankato Free Press reported that the two victims lived just a few blocks from one another but apparently were not acquainted.

Police have warned that there may more of the deadly substance still circulating.

Next Up

KAT, Towns

Karl-Anthony Towns sounds off on Wolves' constant 'instability'

Gersson Rosas' firing was the latest in a string of problem situations the Wolves have been involved with.

Flickr - police lights squad siren - Edward Kimmel

Duluth man arrested after police chase in stolen pickup truck

He was driving a vehicle that had been reported stolen in North Dakota.

pixabay tractor farm

1 killed in crash between car and tractor in western MN

First responders arrived and found the vehicle off the roadway, in a cornfield.

Stallings surveillance footage - screengrab - crop

New video, body cam footage shows police beating prone Jaleel Stallings

Stallings, who was acquitted, said he fired on the unmarked van not knowing officers were inside.

Bloomington Wentworth scene  - 2021-09-27 - J Nelson 2

Body in dumpster leads to police chase with young child in car

A 911 call said they saw someone place a body into a dumpster outside a Bloomington apartment complex.

st. paul tap - crop

SUV driver crashes into bar patio, injuring woman; man hurt in related shooting

Two men were arguing on the patio prior to the incident, witnesses said.

bicycle cyclist bike

Cyclist critically injured in hit-and-run in Plymouth

Police are seeking the public's help in locating the driver who fled.

ambulance, crash

Second person dies after head-on crash in Anoka County

The crash injured three others, including a 4-year-old boy.

Alex Rodriguez

A-Rod, Lore, Taylor don't take questions about Rosas, Simmons

They did discuss how they see a bright future in Minnesota.

pixabay - tree chainsaw trunk trim cut

Large tree branch falls on MN man, crushing him to death

Police said the man was out in the yard, doing tree trimming work with his son.

Screen Shot 2021-09-27 at 11.19.01 AM

AEW to debut in Minnesota with Rampage, Full Gear PPV

The upstart wrestling promotion has soared in popularity.

covid-19, coronavirus

Minnesota's COVID-19 update for Monday, September 27

The latest COVID-19 numbers from the Minnesota Department of Health.