Darren Lee McWright was arrested and charged with four counts of hiding a corpse as a party to a crime Thursday in a quadruple homicide investigation. Officers with the Dunn County Sheriff’s Department booked the 56-year-old man after warrants were issued for him and his son, 38-year-old Antoine Darnque Suggs.
Both men are suspects in the quadruple homicide that left four victims dead in a Wisconsin cornfield over the weekend. The four bodies were found stuffed in an SUV with gunshot wounds to the head. Nitosha Flug-Presley, 30, of Stillwater; Matthew Pettus, 26, of St. Paul; Jasmine C. Sturm, 30, of St. Paul; and Loyace Foreman III, 35, were all identified earlier this week.
According to reports, Jasmine Sturm was the half-sister of Matthew Pettus and was dating Loyace Foreman III. The motive in the killings is still a mystery and authorities are still searching for the second suspect, Antoine Darnque Suggs who was said to be in the St. Paul/ Minneapolis area of Minnesota armed and dangerous. It wasn’t immediately clear if Suggs is suspected of murder or if he is suspected of a separate crime. Police are still trying to understand what happened over the weekend.
Darren Lee McWright and his son were connected to the victims, according to Nitosha Flug-Presley’s father, Damone Presley Sr. Damone Presley claimed that Darren McWright had once been mentored and coached by his father, Dennis, at St. Paul’s Oxford Community Center on Lexington Parkway. Damone Presly was confused as to why McWright was somehow connected to his daughter’s murder.
“I’m just not understanding,” Damone Presley said in a statement Thursday. He also claimed that he had run into McWright last night and the man expressed his condolences. Dennis Presley had passed away late last year and McWright was riddled with grief.
It was also reported that the second suspect, Antoine Darnque Suggs, was connected to one of the victims, Nitosha Flug-Presley. A complaint filed Thursday indicated that a witness saw the two together at the White Squirrel Bar in St. Paul on Saturday, just one day before she and her friends were found dead in the Wisconsin cornfield. Flug-Presley’s aunt said that her niece had a “thing” with Suggs, which was later confirmed by Damone Presley.
According to reports, Suggs would fly from Arizona to meet up with her. Police revealed that Suggs was living in Scottsdale and owned and operated a clothing store – Darnque Apparel. While police continue their search for Suggs, Darren Lee McWright is being held in a Dunn County jail. He faces 50 years in prison and a possible $25,000 fine.
Police records showed that McWright also has a decorated criminal past. He received several charges in the past 20 years including drunk driving and domestic assault charges. Damone Presley said he was not informed of any previous hate or animosity between his family and McWright or his son, Suggs.
He even claimed that Suggs “frequently hung around some younger cousins of mine.” He also admitted that might have seen Suggs at gatherings that Flug-Presley had with her friends. Presley also said that he was “feeling confident that justice is coming.”
A farmer located the four dead bodies in a Dunn County cornfield, reports claimed. The SUV was parked 60 miles to the east. Police connected Darren Lee McWright and Antoine Darnque Suggs to the crime through surveillance videos and witness statements. Authorities revealed that in video from outside the White Squirrel showed a dark SUV at around 2:08 a.m. Sunday. Three of the victims can be seen hopping into the SUV at some point and witnesses confirmed they saw Flug-Presley, Sturm, and Pettus.
In another video, the Mercedes pulled into a gas station near the Bridgestop convenience store in Wheeler. A Nissan Rogue was seen pulling up to a nearby pump which authorities later traced back to Darren Sugg’s mother. Darren Suggs is the son of Darren Lee McWright and the brother of Antoine Suggs. He told police that his brother uses the Nissan Rogue when he’s in town from Arizona.
With that information, police declared that both McWright and Suggs are persons of interest in the quadruple homicide case before listing them as suspects. In a press release Thursday, the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office requested any information that could lead to Suggs’ arrest. The department said that “any information as to the whereabouts of Antoine Suggs can be called into the local law enforcement agency.”
The Sheriff continued, saying “that information can also be provided to the Dunn County Sheriff’s Office so we can forward that to the appropriate law enforcement jurisdiction. Suggs should be considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached.”