Update: Arrest in Duluth Homicide
Posted at: 03/10/2013 10:31 PM
| Updated at: 03/12/2013 10:39 PM
The Duluth Police Department has made an arrest in a weekend homicide.
Police said this afternoon a 17-year-old male has been arrested. Deputy Chief Robin Roeser said the suspect was found near Central Entrance and Upham Road in Duluth. Officials would not comment about where exactly he was found because of his age.
Since the investigation is still active, officers did not release whether or not they found a murder weapon. The also didn't comment on whether the victim and suspect knew each other.
"It's still an active investigation," Roeser said. "We're still looking at trying to make sure we know everybody who was involved, what the motive was. We're just piecing the puzzle together."
This arrest comes after 27-year-old Bryan Alan Starnes, pictured at left, was found dead on Saturday afternoon. An autopsy revealed he died as a result of stab wounds.
Authorities said they found Starnes dead when they responded to a call of an unresponsive male on the 700 block of North 24th Avenue West.
Eyewitness News talked with Starnes' mother, Pauline, over the phone Tuesday. She lives in Overton, Nevada where Bryan grew up.
"He loved people," Starnes said. "He loved life. He made people happy and he had lots of friends."
While Pauline is devastated by her son's death, she said she was hurting for the suspect's family too.
"The person who did this has parents also," Pauline said. "My heart goes out to them because they lost a son too, in a way."
On Bryan's Facebook page, one friend posted, "rest in peace, life was too short."
Pauline also said her son served in the U.S. Army. Officials with the Department of Defense said he started his service in March 2010. He was discharged in December 2012, just three months before his death.
"Bryan served his country honorably in the U.S. Army and was stationed in Fairbanks, Alaska," Roeser said.
As far as the suspect, the teen is being held at the Arrowhead Juvenile Center. Police said the case is in the hands of the Saint Louis County Attorney's Office.
Charges are expected later this week.