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UPDATE: One teenager killed, four people in critical condition, after multiple stabbings on St. Croix Co. river

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UPDATE: According to St. Croix County Sheriff Scott Knudson, one 17-year-old male from Minnesota was killed in Saturday afternoon's stabbing on the Apple River. Four other victims, one female and three males in their early 20's, remain in critical condition.

One suspect, a 52-year-old man from Prior Lake, MN, is in custody.

Officials said there were at least 15 people tubing down the Apple River on Saturday afternoon, when at 3:45 p.m., they received reports of multiple stabbings by one man that occurred on the river.

They arrived to find five victims with injuries, and the suspect had fled the scene. Tubers helped first responders perform life-saving measures on the victims. Two were transported to the hospital by air, and two were taken to the hospital by ambulance.

The stabbings occurred on the Apple River near Highway 35/64, about 100 yards from milepost 9. Officials said the area was difficult to access, as the site of the stabbings was upriver.

After about an hour and a half, officials said they located the suspect with the help of witnesses, and he was taken into custody without incident.

Sheriff Knudson added the suspect had been with a group of six to eight people, and he does not know what motivated the stabbings.

The area remains closed, as the Sheriff's Office continues their investigation, which includes searching for the knife used in the stabbings. Identities of the victims are not being released as the investigation continues. Formal charges as well as identification of the suspect are expected Monday.

They are asking anyone with any video prior to or during the incident to contact investigator John Shilts at (715) 381-4319 or by email at

UPDATE: KSTP reports that one person has died and four others are in critical condition following Saturday afternoon's stabbings. 

Officials were first called to the Apple River north of Highway 35 just before 4 p.m. 

KSTP reports that officials identified the lone suspect as a man in his 50's, but no further information has been released.

Police are asking people avoid the area as the continue their investigation.

TOWN OF SOMERSET (WQOW) - One suspect is in custody after five people were stabbed in the Town of Somerset on Saturday afternoon.

According to a Facebook post from the St. Croix County Sheriff's Office, the victims' conditions range from serious to critical. Officials said the stabbings occurred on the Apple River.

Officials said there is no danger to the public. They are not releasing identities of the victims and suspect as the incident remains under investigation.

This is a developing story, stick with News 18 for updates.

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