Second degree murder charges pending for suspect now in custody

Antonio Parkhurst, the suspect in Monday night’s apparent homicide, is currently in custody in the Beltrami County jail after being wanted for almost two days.

According to Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, the 18-year-old Parkhurst was apprehended yesterday within the city of Bemidji around 1:30 p.m. without incident.

Antonio Parkhurst, 18. Photo courtesy of the Beltrami County Jail

The jail roster indicates booking was completed around 8:30 p.m.

Law enforcement responded the Sanford Bemidji Hospital Monday night around 10:30 for a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound.

Minutes later, law enforcement responded to the 1100 block of Minnesota Ave. NW and found a 20-year-old man dead.

Parkhurst is in custody with a second degree murder charge pending. The 17-year-old victim was reportedly treated for his injuries and released from the hospital.

The identity of the 20-year-old victim has not yet been released.


Larissa Donovan is the News Director for the stations of Paul Bunyan Broadcasting and has been, almost without interruption, since Election Day 2016. She covers events and issues in north central Minnesota, which include local government, crime, courts, education, environment and social issues. She studied communications at Bemidji State University and received her degree in 2018. Larissa is also an active member with the Bemidji Jaycees, a leadership development through community service organization for adults 18 to 40. Larissa, native to the great state of New York, grew up in Bemidji, and enjoys spending her spare time with her growing family and pet cat. She also loves Star Trek, punk rock music and the theater.


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