Minneapolis suburb murder suspect arrested in Fargo

James Nynotah is wanted in connection to a fatal stabbing in Champlin, Minnesota.

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James Nynotah.
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FARGO — Fargo police have arrested a 44-year-old man who was wanted in a Champlin, Minnesota, murder investigation.

James Nynotah, of Champlin, was taken into custody without incident at 9:48 a.m. on Tuesday, March 29, at a Fargo apartment in the 3100 block of 34th Avenue, according to a news release from the Fargo Police Department.

Nynotah was named as a suspect in the fatal stabbing of 35-year-old Peachu Yates. She was found not breathing around 9:38 p.m. Monday in the front yard of a residence on Thousand Pines Entry, the Champlin Police Department said in a news release.

Yates was pronounced dead at the scene.

A motive in the killing was unclear. Nynotah had not been charged in connection to the crime as of Tuesday.


Police said they were made aware Nynotah was in the Fargo apartment. SWAT was dispatched to the building but did not enter, as police had already arrested Nynotah, the release said.

He is being held at the Cass County Jail and is awaiting extradition.

Champlin is a suburb north of Minneapolis.

April Baumgarten joined The Forum in February 2019 as an investigative reporter. She grew up on a ranch 10 miles southeast of Belfield, N.D., where her family raises Hereford cattle. She double majored in communications and history/political science at the University of Jamestown, N.D.
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