UPDATE: 17-Year-Old Arrested in Connection with Duluth Homicide

By KBJR News 1

March 12, 2013 Updated Mar 12, 2013 at 7:04 PM CDT

Duluth, MN (NNCNOW.com) -- Duluth Police have arrested a 17-year-old suspect in connection with a recent stabbing in Lincoln Park that left one man dead.

Authorities are still labeling the investigation as active, which is why so few details are being released.

Police do say on Monday night, a 17-year-old male was arrested around the area of Central Entrance and Upham Road in Duluth, though authorities wouldn't say where, exactly.

Following an interview at police headquarters, the suspect was then transferred to the Arrowhead Juvenile center. He is awaiting second degree murder charges.

Authorities aren't saying the nature of the relationship between the suspect, and the victim, 27-year-old Utah native, and Afghanistan War Veteran, Bryan Alan Starnes.

Starnes was found dead by Duluth Police Saturday where he was living, at the 700 block of 24th Avenue West and an autopsy ruled he died of stab wounds.

Police are also not saying if a murder weapon has been found, or if there's a motive.

They did say, however, that the murder doesn't seem to be random and that people in the neighborhood have no reason to worry about it happening again.

"We have no reason to think that the neighborhood is in any way in jeopardy," said Deputy Police Chief Robin Roeser. "This is not a random event."

At this time, police are still treating the 700 block of 24th Avenue West as an active crime scene. Anyone with information is urged to call 911.

Starnes served one tour in Afghanistan as a Cavalry Scout for the U.S. Army. His mother wanted everyone to know that above all he loved people, and made everybody laugh.

Written for the web by Billy Wagness
bwagness@kbjr.com