Suspect sought in Bemidji homicide

A 20-year-old man is dead and police are looking for an 18-year-old armed suspect.

According to a release from Bemidji Police Chief Mike Mastin, officers responded to the Sanford Hospital around 10:26 p.m. Monday, Feb. 17,  on a report of a 17-year-old male with a gunshot wound.

Within minutes, law enforcement responded to a second call on the 1100 block of Minnesota Ave. and found a 20-year-old man dead.

Eighteen-year-old Antonio Parkhurst of Bemidji reportedly fled the scene on foot with a handgun.

Parkhurst is considered violent and dangerous, and is described as a Native American man with short black hair, brown eyes and a slender build, last seen wearing a red sweatshirt.

Anyone with information regarding this case is urged to contact the Bemidji Police Department.

Mastin also said in his release, “If you have information about this crime, you can report it and stay anonymous by contacting Crime Stoppers of Minnesota at their website, www.CrimeStoppersMn.org, by calling the toll free phone number 1-800-222-TIPS [8477], or by using the P3 Tip Submit app installable on all smartphones. All contact with Crime Stoppers is anonymous and you may qualify for a reward of up to $1,000. The Bemidji Police Department encourages you to submit information to Crime Stoppers so you are free of retribution and remain safe while ‘doing the right thing.'”


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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