A 19-year-old Algona man is being held in lieu of $1 million bail after he allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house early Friday, killed her 13-year-old brother with a knife, then forced the 16-year-old girl to accompany him to his parents’ house, according to court documents outlining the police investigation.
Prosecutors expect to file formal charges against Brandon James Suhr by Wednesday.
The girl’s father called 911 just after 3 a.m. Friday and reported that both of his children were missing, according to the probable-cause statement filed in the case. His wife reported that three Japanese swords were also missing, and she took the phone while her husband searched the house and discovered blood in an upstairs hallway and in his son’s bedroom, the statement says.
A 911 operator heard screams in the background and the call was disconnected.
Officers arrived at the family’s house in Pacific and found the 13-year-old’s body stuffed in a closet, the statement says. About 20 minutes later, Suhr’s mother called 911 and reported that her son and his 16-year-old girlfriend had arrived at her house and the girl told her Suhr had killed her brother and kidnapped her.
Suhr was arrested and the girl later told police she’d watched her brother die and then fought with Suhr, who allegedly strangled her into submission, the statement says. He allegedly forced her to shower and write a note on a whiteboard in the kitchen, claiming responsibility for her brother’s death, it says.