2 are arrested, more are sought in 'horrific' St. Louis Park slaying

  • Article by: COREY MITCHELL and MARY LYNN SMITH , Star Tribune
  • Updated: November 20, 2010 - 12:17 PM

Two men are in custody, and police believe the victim may have known her assailant.

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The Lakeland Inn in St. Louis Park was the scene Thursday of the stabbing death of a woman in her 30s. The room where the victim died was blood-spattered and trashed, according to officers.

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Law enforcement agencies Friday continued hunting for more suspects in connection with the stabbing death of a woman whose body was found in a room at the Lakeland Inn in St. Louis Park.

The city's police chief, John Luse, called the motel room "a horrific, bloody crime scene" but remained vague on many aspects of the case.

Police are investigating the death as a homicide. The woman, who was in her 30s, was not otherwise identified Friday because officers had yet to notify her family, Luce said.

A 48-year-old Minneapolis man and a 42-year-old Woodbury man remained jailed Friday night, as police searched for one or two other possible suspects.

Neither jailed suspect had been formally charged. The Minneapolis man has a history of burglary and drug-related charges. The Woodbury man was booked several times for disorderly conduct, court records indicate.

The pair and a third person, later released, were arrested in Minneapolis.

Investigators believe the victim knew the suspects, said police spokesman Jamie Zwilling. He said he believes the public is not in any danger. Citing the ongoing investigation, Luse did not reveal any suspected connection between the victim and suspects, but he reiterated that "we don't believe this was a random act."

Police were called to the motel at 4025 Hwy. 7 about 7 p.m. Thursday after a motel employee found the woman's body in the room, which was blood-splattered and trashed, officers reported.

Other motel guests reported a commotion and loud argument coming from the room early Thursday afternoon.

It's not clear why no one looked into the disturbance at the time, Luse said.

The homicide was St. Louis Park's second of the year.

The Lakeland Inn remains open, a motel employee said Friday night.

corey.mitchell@startribune.com • 612-673-4491

mlsmith@startribune.com • 612-673-4788

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