Minnesota man charged in deadly tuber attack on Wisconsin River


Water reclamation authorities comb the Apple River with metal detectors after five people were stabbed while descending the river, Saturday, July 30, 2022, in Somerset, Wisconsin. Alex Kormann/Star Tribune via AP

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) – A 52-year-old Minnesota man was charged Monday in a weekend stabbing attack on people riding on a river in western Wisconsin, including a teenage boy who was killed and four others people who have been injured.

Nicolae Miu, of Prior Lake, Minnesota, is charged with one count of first-degree intentional homicide and four counts of attempted first-degree intentional homicide in St. Croix County, which lies along the Wisconsin border with Minnesota. The judge set bail at $1 million in cash for Miu, who appeared in court via video.

The deceased teenager’s family identified him as 17-year-old Isaac Schuman of Stillwater, Minnesota. He would have been a senior at Stillwater High School this fall.

The victims were traveling down the Apple River northeast of Stillwater, about 25 miles east of Minneapolis, on Saturday when they were attacked, sheriff’s officials said. The injured were two men from Luck, Wisconsin, ages 20 and 22, a 24-year-old woman from Burnsville, Minnesota, and a 22-year-old man from Elk River, Minnesota.

Burnsville victim Ryhley Mattison wrote in a GoFundMe post that she was hitting the snag with her friends when they came across a band asking for help. She said there was an older man who “was inappropriate and was asked to leave but he didn’t”, and that he stabbed her and several other people.

Luck’s victims have been released from the hospital, St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson said Monday.

Schuman’s family said in a statement that he was an honor roll student and was preparing to apply to several universities to study electrical engineering.

“He had an incredibly bright future ahead of him and we are all heartbroken and devastated beyond words that his future has been tragically and senselessly cut short,” the family said. “We greatly appreciate the overwhelming outpouring of love and support from our friends, Isaac’s friends and the Stillwater community.”

Stillwater High School principal Robert Bach said in an email to the families that “we express our deepest sympathy to the family and to all those affected directly or indirectly.”

Bach told parents that the school would help them and their children through this difficult process.

“The death of a classmate, even to those who did not know them well, will impact each student differently, and all reactions should be handled with great care and support,” he wrote. . “We encourage you to talk with your children about this sad news and help them process their feelings.”


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