A stabbing incident that left four people injured and a teenager killed in Minnesota began after a man who went down a river searched for his friend’s lost cellphone, the accused killer told authorities in court documents released on Sept were released Monday.
Nicolae Miu, 52, told a sheriff’s lieutenant that he asked a group who were also hosing on the Apple River on Saturday if they had seen the phone, which was found in a floating bag, according to an affidavit of probability Cause that was filed in St. Croix Magistrates’ Court.
Miu, who was wearing snorkeling gear at the time, claimed that some in the group called him a child molester and threw his snorkeling gear in the river, the affidavit said.
According to the affidavit, Miu accused one person in the group of trying to pull down his trunks.
Witnesses cited in the affidavit said the altercation became physical after Miu hit or punched a woman in the group. One person from the group then punched Miu, who fell into the river, according to the affidavit, before pulling out a 3-inch blade and allegedly stabbing several people.
A description of cellphone video of the incident, included in a second affidavit from a deputy sheriff, reportedly shows Miu emerging from the water wearing a snorkel. According to the affidavit, he can be seen running to the group’s tubes and grabbing them while they told him to “get out.”
At one point during the recording, people in the group can be heard saying that, according to the affidavit, Miu was “looking for little girls.”
The video shows a group approaching Miu, who appears to have a knife in his pocket and the “opportunity” to exit the confrontation, the affidavit said. A skirmish ensued, during which, according to the affidavit, Miu appeared to pull the knife out of his pocket before falling backwards into the water.
After someone is seen slapping Miu in the face, the recording shows, he tried to get up but was pushed back into the water, according to the affidavit. When the same person approached Miu again, Miu could be seen stabbing him in the abdomen, the affidavit said.
The video showed Miu stabbing others and once bending over a victim in the water.
In an interview with the sheriff’s lieutenant, Miu denied taking a knife into the river and said the group attacked him.
“I was in self-defense mode,” the affidavit reads.
When the lieutenant informed him that one person had died and four were injured, he apologized and said his life was “out of control,” the affidavit said.
Miu, a mechanical engineer, was charged with first-degree intentional homicide and four counts of attempted first-degree first-degree murder.
At a court hearing on Monday, Miu’s bail was set at $1 million. This was reported by the NBC subsidiary KARE. It was not clear if he had an attorney speaking on his behalf.
The condition of the four injured adults was not immediately clear.
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