Police announced the arr*st of a 17-year-old on m*rder charges the day before the visitation for a much-loved youth hockey coach and parent. Last Saturday, 44-year-old Michael Brasel was k!lled when he confronted a thief outside his St. Anthony Park, Minnesota, home.
St. Paul Police Chief Axel Henry said that at before noon on Wednesday, the SWAT team executed a search warrant in the 1600 block of East Reaney Avenue on behalf of homicide investigators and detained a 17-year-old male.
When they learned about Brasel’s m*rder, some individuals naturally wondered, “How are we going to solve this?” This is what Mayor Melvin Carter told reporters. “There’s nobody better than … our investigators at holding people accountable when a life is lost in our city,” Carter said.
Hilary Brasel, Michael’s wife, had earlier shared on social media that Michael “tragically shot in our front yard after confronting someone trying to break into my car.” On Wednesday, Henry indicated that police are still looking into “the aspects leading up to the homicide.”
The identity of the teenager has not been made public. The Pioneer Press checked with public court documents and a law enforcement agency to verify his identity. According to court documents, he was arrested in April for allegedly robbing a fellow student at St. Paul’s Harding High School using a BB gun.
The following are some connections that are associated with the killing:
- Homicide Victim Identified in Rock Hill, Suspect Charged With Murder
- 1988 Cold Case Suspect in Three Rivers Murder Found Dead in SC Jail Cell
Until the end of January, he was on probation. The 17-year-old was apprehended on a block in the East Side where he resides, according to court documents from the previous year. On Wednesday, he was taken into custody and lodged at the Ramsey County Juvenile Detention Center.
Chief tells gunmen, “We are going to find you.” As of Wednesday, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office said the police department had not formally presented a case for charging consideration. On Saturday morning, around 7:30 AM, a resident in the 2300 block of Chilcombe Avenue called 911 to report that their neighbor had been shot.
Michael Brasel was sh*t many times and taken by paramedics to Hennepin County Medical Center in Minneapolis, where he later d!ed. “Ever the protector and good man he stood up for me with his last effort and breath,” Hilary Brasel posted on Facebook on Sunday.
The tweets below provide information about the arrest of a 17-year-old on murder charges:
JUST IN: St. Paul Police have arrested a teen in connection with the case of a man shot to death in his front yard last weekend while trying to stop a car break-in. https://t.co/fPGEABgSjb
— Star Tribune (@StarTribune) May 10, 2023
This past Saturday’s homicide in the St. Anthony Park neighborhood was described by police as “very unusual.” “Never thought I would wake up to 3 gunsh*ts all of which hit Michael in the chest,” wrote Hilary Brasel, who is a registered nurse at a hospital.
“Never thought I would have to try to revive my husband with CPR while my boys are calling 911 and watched.” There have been 13 homicides in St. Paul so far this year, but Henry claims that police have solved all of them.
“If you commit gun violence in this city, we are coming, we are going to find you,” Henry said. He said he attributes the high homicide clearance rate to the dedication of people in the department, from the first responding officers to investigators, along with the community “who calls us and tells us things” that help solve cases.
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