Antoine Suggs was charged with murder Tuesday in the shooting deaths of four victims left dead in a Wisconsin cornfield. The 38-year-old suspect told his father he “snapped” before killing Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30, Matthew Pettus, 26, Jasmine C. Sturm, 30, and Loyace Foreman III, 35. All four of the victims’ bodies were found in an abandoned SUV with gunshot wounds to the head.
According to police, Suggs, who hails from Scottsdale, Arizona, now faces four counts of second-degree intentional murder, without premedication. His biological father, Darren Osborne, was also arrested and charged with four counts of hiding a corpse.
While Antoine Suggs’ motive remains unclear, he did reportedly tell his dad shortly after the incident that he “snapped and shot a couple of people.” He did not reveal why he committed the quadruple homicide, though Suggs did turn himself in to police last week and has remained in custody.
“We are greatly relieved that the police investigation has yielded enough information to bring forward criminal charges today in this very disturbing case,” Ramsey County Attorney John Choi said in his statement Tuesday. “Our hearts go out to the families and friends of the victims.”
He continued, relaying his “greatest appreciation for the diligent work on this case by the Saint Paul Police Department and other law enforcement agencies who worked tirelessly to find the truth.” The police investigation revealed that Antoine D. Suggs had requested help from his dad to hide the corpses after he “snapped” and killed 4 people on Seventh Street in St. Paul.
The father-son duo then drove together – Suggs in the SUV and Osborne in a separate vehicle – to Wisconsin where they left the four bodies abandoned in the SUV after parking it in a cornfield. The bodies were eventually found by a farmer who then called the police. Antoine Suggs then fled the scene in his father’s car. Darren Osborne dropped his son back to Minnesota where he had been staying.
Police revealed the cause of death for all four victims last week. Suggs had shot each one in the head. Nitosha Flug-Presley, who was found slumped over in the front passenger seat, was shot in the mouth. Pettus sustained two gunshot wounds to the back of his head and Foreman was shot once in the face and another time in the top of the head. Police said Sturm sustained a gunshot wound to the left cheek.
According to reports, Antoine Suggs turned himself in to Gilbert, Arizona, police after authorities announced last week that he was wanted for question in connection with the murders. He was taken to Maricopa County jail on Friday, though jail records did not indicate whether he remained there as of Wednesday morning. The website showed an error message when BDN reporters searched jail records.
It was reported that law enforcement was working to extradite Suggs from Arizona to Minnesota, though it’s unclear if he has been transferred. Suggs’ bail was set at $10 million without conditions.
Antoine D. Suggs became a suspect after investigators learned he had been seen with the victims just before the bodies were found. A criminal complaint describes witness statements that claimed Suggs and his on-again-off-again girlfriend, Nitosha Flug-Presley were seen together at the White Squirrel bar in St. Paul from Sept. 11 to early morning on Sept. 12.
According to witnesses, the other three victims were hanging out at Shamrocks Grill and Pub down the block and met up with Flug-Presley at the White Squirrel bar at 1:00 a.m. on Sept. 12. Shortly after, all four victims got into a black SUV with a man believed to be Antoine Suggs. Police confirmed that all contact with the victims stopped at that point.
While it’s unclear exactly why Suggs killed the four victims, police believe that he murdered them between 3:30 a.m. and 3:48 a.m. on West Seventh Street in St. Paul. Cellphone data revealed that about an hour later, the suspect called his father to help him hide the corpses. Surveillance footage revealed that within three hours after that call, the Mercedes-Benz SUV was being followed by a Nissan Rogue, which was said to be Sugg’s mother’s car.
Two hours after that, both vehicles were recorded pulling into a St. Paul gas station. The video showed Flug-Presley “slumped over” in the front passenger seat, the same way she looked when police found her in the cornfield. Osborne claimed he did not know there were dead bodies in the car, however, footage revealed Suggs’ dad stood at the SUV’s open passenger window while it was parked at the gas station.