|5/22/2020 11:58:00 AM|
Stabbing suspects apprehended swiftly
Two suspects have been charged in what the Medical Examiner concluded was a stabbing death in Sunrise Township, Friday, May 15.
The Chisago County Attorney said a felony charge of second degree murder not premeditated was filed against Justin Gerald Valarian, 23, of Maplewood. It carries a maximum of 40 years. A charge of aiding an offender after the fact was filed against 27 year old Courtney Kay Pilz-Carr, of rural Harris. The two made an appearance Monday May 18 and are due in court again (today) May 21.
According to the criminal complaint sheriff’s deputies, EMS and police were dispatched around 2:15 a.m. to an address on Joywood Avenue in Sunrise Township, after a 9-1-1 caller said somebody had been stabbed at that residence.
North Branch Police Officers arrived first, to find two males standing in the yard over a body. Officers started CPR immediately as deputies were establishing a landing zone in a field for the air ambulance, but the victim succumbed on the ground.
The victim is identified as 28 year old Joshua James Kaczrowski, of that Joywood Ave. address. The medical examiner said he’d been stabbed in the heart and upper left arm.
Authorities were told in their preliminary investigative interviews that Kaczrowski had been working on a vehicle as Valarian drove up to the house in a van.
Pilz-Carr exited the house and later explained to investigators that Valarian came to the house because she’d called Valarian to get her.
According to the complaint narrative; Valarian had words with the victim, who came up near the van as Pilz-Carr was getting in. Kaczrowski was worked up over Valarian coming, and/or about Pilz Carr making the call-- and the two men briefly stood next to each other by the van. The witness who had called 9-1-1-- told authorities Kaczrowski took a couple steps as the van pulled away and collapsed.
It was not reported where the two suspects hungout for a few hours, but one acquaintance told police he’d had a call from Valarian and declined to let the two stop by his house.
Valarian and Pilz-Carr were spotted around 6:38 a.m. lying in tall grass alongside a ditch area nearby Tower Park, in North Branch.
The authorities had gotten a tip the two might still be in the area and be getting picked up. The complaint said North Branch Officer Nelson observed them flee the ditch grass into a wooded area. He communicated that they must surrender, they did so and were apprehended without injury.
The alleged murder weapon was located around noontime, when a citizen telephoned police to report a knife in his yard, in the 5800 block of Birch Street, North Branch.