Update: Police identify man arrested in Fargo following Twin Cities area homicide

FARGO, N.D. (KVRR)- A 45-year-old man wanted in a deadly stabbing in a Twin Cities suburb is arrested at an apartment building in south Fargo near Essentia Health.

“Our department was notified around four in the morning that there was a potential homicide suspect from Champlin Minnesota located in the 3100 block of 34th Ave South, our officers immediately responded down and began to set up a perimeter and notify adjacent residents of the potential threat,” Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski said.

People in the neighborhood say law enforcement had the entry and exits of the complex blocked off and were not allowing vehicles past.

James Nyonteh is accused of stabbing 35-year-old Peachu Yates. Police say she was found unresponsive in the front yard of a home in Champlin around 9:30 Monday night.

“The suspect then fled to these apartments behind me. Fargo Police Chief Dave Zibolski says it took about five hours for police negotiators to talk the suspect down and for police to apprehend him. With the assistance of crisis negotiators and our swat team as I said as a backup, we were able to talk this individual out of the apartment and place him into custody without incident,” Zibolski said.

Ziboslki says no one was injured throughout the process.

“It was really some great work by everyone involved. The initial perimeter and swat response are necessary to maintain safety for the public and our negotiators did a great job of having a conversation with this individual and getting them to surrender,” Zibolski said.

People in the area were shocked to see and hear about the arrest, in what they describe as a safe and quiet area.

“Well I mean that is scary having somebody that did something like that in the area, but it didn’t happen here so I guess I still feel pretty safe here,” Zibolski said.

Authorities say they are pleased how the apprehension went down.

“Another example of a very dangerous situation properly handled by our officers leading to a safe conclusion for everybody,” Zibolski said.

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