The Minnesota Department of Public Safety & Criminal Apprehension released a statement on Twitter on Sunday: Minnesota fugitive Ralph Apmann, 58, was found dead on Friday night in Minneapolis’ Boom Island Park. The cause of death is currently unknown. The body has been taken to the medical examiner's office.
On August 26, 2021, Ralph Apmann with his daughter, Alexandra, went drinking at Phat Pheasant Pub in Windom, Minnesota. This is where Apmann met Juan Morales-Rivera. The two had been playing pool, placing bets on each other for drinks. Rivera had been carrying a clip of $200 that he had been using to pay for Apmann's drink. He became furious with Apmann after he lost to him twice.
According to Apmann, Rivera punched him in the face while walking out for a smoke break. This was when Apmann placed Rivera into a chokehold until he fell unconscious. Apmann soon left with his daughter telling her, “Let’s get the hell out of here.” The two didn’t notify the staff or the other patrons about the unconscious man.
Another patron leaving the bar found Rivera's body and called the police. Rivera was taken to the hospital, and roughly an hour after the police were called, he was pronounced dead. The police ruled his death as a homicide after the medical examiner's office found multiple injuries to his neck.
Apmann was found a day later and charged with second-degree murder. He posted bail a few days later.
Apmann’s first court appearance was on September 7, 2021.
During Apmann’s hearing on February 10, Doctor Butch Hudson, the assistant medical examiner of Ramsey County, was asked to take the stand. John Gross, a state prosecuting attorney, asked Hudson for his opinion on what killed Rivera.
Hudson responded that asphyxiation from compression of the neck and other mechanisms killed Rivera. This information was released and provided by Windom News.
Apmann was scheduled to appear in court on February 14, 2021, but he failed to appear. The jury found him guilty of murder. Authorities posted a BOLO - Be On The Lookout - on February 16, asking the public for tips for his apprehension. They believed that Apmann was hiding in the Twin Cities area and was to be believed armed with an AR-15 and a 9mm handgun.
Apmann was found deceased on Friday night, and his cause of death is unknown at this time. His Daughter Alexandra Apmann was not charged.
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