Two arrested and charged in Moorhead Murder
Family of Victim Releases Statement
MOORHEAD, Minn.–Two people have been arrested and charged in connection with a murder that occurred on June 3.
Thirty-two-year-old Cameron Charles St. Clair and 35-year-old Erin Sundby are currently in custody for the homicide of Richard Stephen.
In a complaint submitted to Clay County, St. Clair and Sundby reportedly attacked Stephen and his girlfriend, Jessica Meier, in the 1600 block of 20th Street South at approximately 11:30 p.m.
Meier told police two men and a woman parked in an SUV began “cat calling” Meier as she and Stephen walked towards their apartment. When Meier shouted back, the woman who was later identified as Sundby, jumped out of the SUV and attacked her. The two men also got out of the vehicle and began attacking Stephen.
Eventually, the attack stopped and Meier and Stephen were able to get to their apartment where Stephen appeared to fall asleep on the couch. After a short while, Meier attempted to wake Stephen, but was unable to. Meier called the police at approximately 12:45 a.m. and an ambulance transported Stephen to Sanford Health hospital where he died the following morning.
The officers that reported to the scene asked Meier to walk them through the attack. As Meier and the officers were walking down a hallway in the apartment building, two woman and a man walked past them. Meier recognized two of the individuals. Police identified St. Clair and Sundby and arrested them.
An autopsy confirmed Stephen died from blunt force trauma during the attack.
St. Clair has been charged with 2nd degree murder, 3rd degree murder, 2nd degree manslaughter and receiving stolen property.
Sundby has been charged with accomplice aiding an offender of 2nd degree murder, accomplice aiding an offender of 3rd degree murder, accomplice aiding an offender of 2nd degree manslaughter, 3rd degree assault and receiving stolen property.
The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting the Moorhead Police Department. The investigation is currently ongoing.
Stephen’s family released a statement:
We are deeply saddened by the loss of our beloved son, cousin, brother, uncle, and friend Richard Alhag Stephen who tragically passed away Thursday morning, June 4th after succumbing to injuries caused by an assault on Wednesday night, June 3rd. Despite two suspects being arrested and charged with his murder we have reason to believe that other parties are involved in his death. We will be seeking justice for Richard’s murder and are urging detectives and the Moorhead Police Department to continue to investigate all parties present during the assault. For any witnesses who have yet to come forward about this assault, please come forward and help us get the justice that Richard deserves! Richard was such a reliable brother, friend, uncle, and coworker. Richard had a kind heart, he was so trustworthy and was always there to help and support anyone who needed him. We just do not understand why someone would do something so horrible to him, Richard got along with just about anyone, he was not a person who liked drama.
A GoFundMe account has been started to cover funeral expenses. Find it here.