HASTINGS, Minn. – A Minnesota man told the researchers that a married couple “freaked him out” before you use them in a minibus, just one day after kicked out of an apartment by his family, according to a criminal complaint Monday charging him with second-degree murder.
Prosecutors in Dakota County, said the 36-year-old Jonna Kojo Armartey fatally struck 58-year-old Diane Peterson and the 74-year-old Roger Peterson of the suburb of Twin Cities in Eagan last Thursday, they were walking near a shopping mall. The police said that they found Diane and Roger Peterson struggled to breathe, and she later died after being taken to the hospital.
The police arrested Armartey a few hours later at an Apple Valley hotel is approximately six kilometers away, after he stopped the minivan.
“This was no accident,” Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom said in a statement announcing the charges. “The victims in this case seems to be the target of the suspect, the reasons for which are unknown at this time.”
Diane and Roger Peterson had been married for more than 37 years and were on their typical route the night she died.
A family member told The Associated Press that the family is in mourning on Monday. A memorial service at the couple’s church is scheduled for later this month.
Armartey allegedly told investigators the couple “freaked him out” so he walked over to them, “go fast and hit them hard,” according to the indictment.
Authorities said Armartey and the peterson’s did not know each other.
Court records show that the Armartey was a period of probation of three prior felonies at the time of the incident for the beliefs that included assaulting a correctional officer and a psychiatrist. He was also civilly committed from June 2016 December 2017, after a psychologist deemed he was not mentally competent to proceed in one of the assault cases.
The indictment said Armartey had a dispute with his family in an apartment in Eagan the day for the peterson’s were hit, with Armartey thrown out of the apartment.
Armartey’s lawyer did not immediately return messages seeking comment on his behalf Monday.
He remained in jail on bail set at $1.5 million. His next appearance is July 12.