- Associated Press - Tuesday, June 23, 2015

FARGO, N.D. (AP) - A 35-year-old man suspected of killing two men over two days at separate apartment buildings in Fargo was arrested Tuesday, police said.

It was not immediately clear whether the man was charged. Police announced the arrest in a news release but did not return phone calls to elaborate.

Officers found the body of a 45-year-old man on Monday afternoon and the body of a 25-year-old man early Tuesday. The suspect was detained about 6:30 a.m. Tuesday, not far from where the second body was found.

Fargo police Lt. Joel Vettel said earlier in the day before the arrest was announced that the man in custody knew the first victim. Vettel said both men died violently, but would not confirm how they were killed.

Autopsies are being done. Police scheduled a news conference for 10 a.m. Wednesday.

Homicides are rare in Fargo, North Dakota’s largest city. Three were reported in 2013 and four in 2014.

The body of the second victim in the most recent killings was found just before 1 a.m. Tuesday after authorities responded to a report of a smoldering fire at an apartment building near the North Dakota State University campus. Chris Bolen, who has lived in the neighborhood for about a year, said fire trucks arrived at the scene first, then an ambulance and police cars.

“It’s normally a quiet neighborhood,” Bolen said. “Usually around 2 or 3 a.m. you get the six or seven people who walk home drunk, but that’s about it.”

John Bultman, who owns six properties in the area, including an auto repair shop, said the increase in the area’s population has brought a criminal element with it. He said some of the new residents are fleeing gang violence from larger cities.

“I’ve lived here for 50 years,” he said. “There is just more crime with more people.”

The building where the second body was found is owned by the Fargo Catholic Diocese, said Aliceyn Magelky, spokeswoman for the diocese. She said the building was purchased as part of a plan to expand the nearby Newman Center at NDSU. She said she doesn’t know how many people live in the building.

Police said the man taken into custody has an outstanding warrant for an unrelated shoplifting charge and that more charges may be coming from incidents unrelated to the homicides.


This story has been corrected to show the age of the suspect is 35, not 34.

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