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Bruce Gordon, Director of Communications
Jill Oliveira  651-793-2726
September 17, 2013
Suspect Arrested in Granite Falls Double Homicide

A suspect has been arrested in a double homicide which took place in Granite Falls earlier this month. Andrew Joseph Dikken (dee'-kehn) was taken into custody on Tuesday, September 17 at approximately 3 p.m. at the Renville County Sheriff’s Office in Olivia, Minn. Dikken was being sought in the September 2 shooting deaths of Kara Ann Monson, 26, of Granite Falls and Christopher Allen Panitzke (pah-niht'-skee), 28, of Redwood Falls.

Dikken was brought to the Sheriff’s Office by family members who have been cooperating with the investigation and related search for Dikken over the past two weeks.

Dikken was transported to the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls, Minn., where he will be held pending arraignment in Yellow Medicine County District Court.

The Granite Falls Police Department is continuing their investigation into the homicides. The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension is assisting in this active and ongoing investigation.

Additional information about the arrest will be available at the time of charging.

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