BCA: Windom murder suspect possibly armed and in Twin Cities

A Windom murder suspect who failed to show up for court proceeds is possibly armed and in the Twin Cities.

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in the search for 58-year-old Ralph Apmann, who is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall, 230 pounds, with hazel eyes and gray hair or balding.

Records show Ralph Apmann was scheduled for a 9 a.m. court appearance in Cottonwood County Court.  Windom News reports that a woman answered Apmann’s cell phone and told his defense attorney that Apmann had left his phone at home, but had taken his gun.

Apmann is believed to be armed with a 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle.  Investigators think he could be in the Twin Cities metro area.

Windom News also reported that area schools were placed on soft lockdown while police searched for Apmann.

Apmann was charged in August 2021 with 2nd-degree murder in the death of a man found unresponsive at a Windom bar.  Court documents say Apmann put the victim in a chokehold and the man suffered multiple injuries to his neck.  He posted bailed after he was charged.

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