A 17-year-old Wisconsin boy and four young men were stabbed while on a cruise on the Apple River.
According to official documents, the five victims sank into a common river around 3:45 p.m. Saturday. A video on which the case is heavily based shows a man named Nicolae Miu Go up to some people and grab their tubes. After being scolded for “go away”, he walked away and appeared to be looking for something before turning around and starting to leave. It was at this moment that he walked towards a woman, and those around him could be heard shouting:
“He’s looking for little girls!”
Now, it’s not clear why they made such accusations, but the mood was chaotic and the crowd soon disbanded. People began to surround the 52-year-old man on three sides, and police confirmed “at least one person” touched the man’s shoulder. However, because the crowd only sided with his three sides, law enforcement concluded he had a “chance to leave the confrontation” but did not. It’s when the two women confront him that things get even scarier…
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According to reports, the man pulled out a knife and kept it with him with the blade exposed! Some tubers moved towards him to try and analyze the situation and Miu fell back into the water. A bystander slapped him in the face before he could get up. A young man came up behind and shoved him, but the older man started to pick up a knife and stab him. He was pushed into the water by another witness on his back to try to stop him, but he eventually got up and swung the knife around, stabbing five different people before running away.
Totally scary! These poor families were just trying to have some fun and it turned out to be a tragedy…
Of the five victims, four were young men in their twenties who were taken to the hospital. A person who couldn’t stand his injury at the scene – 17 years old Isaac Schuman. Just sad…
Nicolae was able to escape from the scene but was eventually discovered and arrested by police near the river’s pipeline exit. When questioned by police, he insisted he acted “in self-defence” because he was being “attacked” and was called a pedophile:
“They attacked me, I was in self-defense mode.”
He also accused two of those who attacked him of having their own knives and that he thought he was going to die:
“I think that’s it for me.”
It’s unclear if these claims are true, but no reports have been made of anyone else having a weapon in the video. When the man heard about Schuman’s death, he simply said:
Oh that doesn’t sound like an overstatement…
Sondra Miu, his wife, told law enforcement that her husband was just looking for a phone that someone on their team had left behind. She said she “didn’t see anything happen” except that Nicolae was attacked.
The lawyer representing Miu argued that his client should put a deposit of $50,000, but as recent reports came out, his bond was placed at a whopping $1,000,000. . The 52-year-old’s next hearing is scheduled for August 12, and he is currently in custody.
Longtime Apple River worker Chuck Ennis closed the river and all pipeline operations on the Sunday following the incident. He said in a statement to StarTribune he “never” seen anything so gruesome. The small town itself has not had any stabbings in over 15 years:
“I’ve personally been doing this for 40 years and have never seen anything quite like this.”
Parents of deceased teen spoke to KARE 11 and said their son is about to start his senior year and has “a bright future” ahead of him:
“He has an incredibly bright future ahead of him and we are all heartbroken and devastated beyond words that his future has been tragically and meaninglessly cut short. We are so appreciative of the love and support from our friends, Isaac’s friends, and the Stillwater Community. “
The Schuman family established a GoFundMe funeral expenses for Isaac. If you want to contribute to the family, you can find the link here.
Our hearts go out to the victims and their families. What a horrible and pointless situation.
[Image via YouTube/FOX 9 Minneapolis-St. Paul]