MENOMONIE, Wisconsin – One of two men suspected of shooting four people found in an abandoned SUV in Wisconsin was seen meeting one of the victims the day before at a Minnesota bar, said Thursday authorities.
Darren Lee McWright, 56, of St. Paul, Minnesota, who also uses the pseudonym Osborne, was arrested on warrant from Dunn County, Wisconsin, and is being held in the Ramsey County Jail. A warrant has been issued against the other suspect, Antoine Darnique Suggs, 38, who is believed to be in the Twin Cities area.
A lawsuit filed Thursday against McWright, who is indicted in Dunn County on four counts of hiding a dead body, said witnesses told police they saw Suggs on Saturday night at the White Squirrel Bar in St. Paul with Nitosha Lee Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater. A witness noticed the pair at the bar, according to the complaint, while a second witness saw Flug-Presley buying a glass of tequila and handing it to Suggs.
The complaint stated that Flug-Presley’s aunt said her niece had a “thing” with Suggs and that he would be coming from Arizona to see her. Public records show Suggs recently lived in Scottsdale, Arizona, where he is listed as the director and owner of Darnque Apparel.
A farmer found the bodies of Flug-Presley and three others on Sunday in his Dunn County cornfield, about 60 miles east. All four were shot and wounded, authorities said.
The other victims were Flug-Presley’s longtime friend, Jasmine Christine Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; Sturm’s brother, Matthew Isiah Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; and Sturm’s boyfriend, Loyace Foreman III, 35, of St. Paul. Police did not specify the motive for the killings.
The authorities were able to connect the suspects and the victims thanks to surveillance videos and witnesses.
Investigators said street camera footage outside the White Squirrel showed a dark SUV at around 2:08 a.m. Sunday. The passenger side is open and the footage shows Sturm running into the vehicle. Another witness said he saw Flug-Presley, Sturm and Pettus get into a black SUV early in the morning, according to the complaint.
All four victims were shot in the head, according to the complaint. Flug-Presley was found in the front passenger seat of the 2008 Mercedes Benz GL and the other three victims were in the back seat.
Surveillance video at the Bridgestop convenience store near Sheridan City Hall in Wheeler, Wisconsin showed the Mercedes stopping at a gas pump Sunday afternoon. A minute later, a black Nissan Rogue is seen stopping at another pump. Police traced the Nissan Rogue to Darren Suggs’ mother, who told authorities his brother, Antoine Suggs, used the vehicle when he was in town.
Darren Suggs told police McWright is his biological father and confirmed with a still photo that he was one of the Bridgestop suspects.