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ST. CROIX COUNTY -- The Court has ordered a $1M cash bond for Nicolae Miu, charged with homicide and attempted homicide following the fatal Apple River stabbing incident that occurred on July 30, 2022.

Miu appeared in St. Croix County Circuit Court on August 1, 2022, regarding his criminal charges which include 1 count of Class A Felony 1st Degree Intentional Homicide and 4 counts of Class B Felony Attempt 1st Degree Intentional Homicide.

The incident occurred on the Apple River in St. Croix County near the sunrise bridge in the Town of Somerset on the afternoon of July 30, 2022. Shortly before 4p, the St. Croix emergency communication center began receiving 911 calls reporting that a stabbing had occurred with potentially 4-5 victims with wounds to their mid to upper body.

Deputies arrived on the scene and located multiple victims. The criminal complaint filed against Miu does not identify the victims by name but instead by numbers.

One victim was found without vital signs, and with a puncture wound in the upper abdomen near his left breast. Deputies and EMS performed life-saving measures on him, however, he was later pronounced deceased at Lakeview Hospital in Stillwater, Minnesota.

One of the four surviving victims had suffered a slash wound to his abdomen that was exposing internal organs from the inside of his body; another surviving victim had suffered a laceration on his stomach, and a puncture wound to his upper left torso; another of the surviving victims suffered a stab wound to the upper left side of their abdomen; and another surviving victim had a stab wound to his lower left abdomen.

Deputies received a description of the suspect. Shortly before 5p, according to the criminal complaint filed against Miu, St. Croix County emergency communications center received reports from citizen witnesses of a possible sighting of the suspect downriver at an exit point (Prospect Park). The suspect was located and taken into custody, and later identified as Nicolae Miu.

Numerous witnesses provided statements to Deputies regarding the incident, and the criminal complaint states that portions of the incident were captured in at least two videos. One of the videos is described in detail in the criminal complaint, which states that in the video Miu can be seen approaching a group of people on the river and talking to them, grabbing onto their tubes. Members of the party are telling Miu to ‘get away’; Miu appears to be looking for something before turning to walk away. More members of the party converge toward Miu, telling him to get away. The criminal complaint states that the audio of the video indicates that people were expressing “he was looking for little girls”. Two females appear to confront Miu. The complaint states that the clip of a knife is visible in Miu’s right cargo pocket. Soon after, he removes the knife, opens it, and then holds it down by his right side.

Multiple people approach Miu shortly after this, he is pushed into the water, and the video shows him getting slapped in the face. Ultimately Miu emerges from the water with the knife still in his hand, and the video captures him stabbing multiple people.

The criminal complaint goes on to describe an interview that law enforcement conducted with Miu. During the interview, Miu stated that he is a mechanical engineer and that he had two bachelor’s degrees: one in engineering and one in mathematics. When asked how he came to be in contact with the other people on the river, Miu stated that he was attempting to find a phone lost by a member of his own group. Miu reiterated numerous times that he felt in fear for his own safety, stating that his actions were in self-defense and that “they attacked me.” He stated that multiple people were calling him a “child molester’.

Miu denied having a knife in his own possession and told law enforcement that he took two different knives away from other people during the incident, stating that he was attacked by them. The complaint states that Miu did not have any information as to what happened to those knives following the incident.

After the incident, Miu returned to his own group, and they continued their trip down the river. Other members of Miu’s group also stated that Miu had left their group to try to find a lost phone. Two members of Miu’s group became aware of the confrontation that was occurring between Miu and the other group of people, and went to check on him, however, by the time they reached him, he was already moving away from the area where the incident occurred and when asked what had happened, he stated, ‘nothing, nothing.’

Conditions of his $1M cash bail bond prohibit Miu from using or possessing a dangerous weapon or having any contact whatsoever with any of the surviving victims or the family members of the deceased victim. He is also required to maintain absolute sobriety and submit to random alcohol testing.

Miu is scheduled to appear in court again on August 5, 2022.

Pursuant to the direction of the Wisconsin Supreme Court, as found in Supreme Court Rule 20:3.6, Trial Publicly, you are advised that a charge is merely an accusation and that a defendant is presumed innocent until and unless proven guilty.

Last Update: Aug 02, 2022 11:53 am CDT

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