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Woman found dead inside home south of Twin Cities, suspect arrested after search, police say

Suspect arrested after woman found dead inside Lakeville home, police say
Suspect arrested after woman found dead inside Lakeville home, police say 00:42

LAKEVILLE, Minn. — A man is in custody after a woman was found dead inside a Lakeville home late Thursday evening, according to police.

The Lakeville Police Department said officers responded at around 11:11 p.m. to the report of a "significant amount of blood" found inside a home located on the 17000 block of Encina Path.

When officers arrived, they found a woman dead at the scene. A family member who called police is not believed to be involved in the incident.

Shortly after finding the body, police say they identified a suspect, a man, and an alert was put out for the vehicle associated with him.


Ten minutes after the initial call in Lakeville, police in Rosemount responding to a "suspicion call" located the suspect vehicle on the 3700 block of 148th Street. The vehicle was empty.

After a short search of the area, the suspect was located in a backyard and taken into custody at around 11:51 p.m. Police say he had injuries that "appeared to be self-inflicted" and was taken to Regions Hospital in St. Paul, where he remains in custody.

The investigation into the suspected homicide and subsequent arrest is in its early stages. The Dakota County Sheriff's Office and Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension are assisting Lakeville and Rosemount police.  

Police say there is no known threat to the public related to the incident. 

Lakeville is located about 25 miles south of Minneapolis. 


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