Minnesota man charged with deadly attack on tubers on Wisconsin river

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Water recovery officers comb the Apple River with metal detectors after five people were stabbed while tubing in the river in Somerset, Wisconsin, Saturday, July 30, 2022. AP. via Alex Korman / Star Tribune

HUDSON, Wis. (AP) — A 52-year-old Minnesota man was charged Monday with stabbing people tubing down a river in western Wisconsin, killing a teen and injuring four others. they were finished.

Nikolay Miu of Prior Lake, Minnesota, has been charged with one count of first-degree intentional manslaughter and four counts of first-degree intentional manslaughter in St. Croix County, which sits along Wisconsin’s border with Minnesota. The judge set bond on $1 million in cash for Miu, who appeared at the hearing by video.

The family of the teen who died has identified him as 17-year-old Isaac Schuman of Stillwater, Minnesota. He will be a senior at Stillwater High School this fall.

Sheriff’s officials said the victims were tubing down the Apple River northeast of Stillwater, about 25 miles (40 kilometers) east of Minneapolis, on Saturday when they were attacked. Among those injured were two men, ages 20 and 22, from Luck, Wisconsin, a 24-year-old woman from Burnsville, Minnesota, and a 22-year-old man from Elk River, Minnesota.

Burnsville victim, Rihley Mattison, wrote in a GoFundMe post that she was tubing with her friends when they were in a group asking for help. She said there was an old man who “was unfit and was told to go but would not go,” and that he stabbed her and several others.

St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudsen said Monday that Luck’s victims had been discharged from hospital.

Schuman’s family said in a statement that he was an honor roll student and was preparing to apply to several universities to study electrical engineering.

“He had an incredibly bright future ahead of him and we are all sad and devastated beyond words that his future has been tragically and senselessly cut short,” the family said. “We greatly appreciate the overwhelming support of love and support from our friends, Isaac’s friends, and the Stillwater community.”

Stillwater High School principal Robert Bach said in an e-mail to the families that “we express our deepest sympathies to the family and all those affected directly or indirectly.”

Bach told parents that the school would help them and their children work through the difficult process.

“The death of a classmate, even for those who did not know them well, will affect each student differently, and all reactions need to be addressed with great care and support. is,” he wrote. “We encourage you to talk to your children about this sad news and help them process their feelings.”

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