Fargo Police say a 24-year-old man murdered on Tuesday didn't know the alleged murderer. Ashley Hunter was arrested in connection with two murders in north Fargo. The victims have been identified as 45-year-old Clarence Flowers and 24-year-old Samuel Traut.
Police say Traut lived directly behind the house where suspect Ashley Hunter was living. Police say they don't believe Traut and Hunter knew each other, but Hunter was under the influence of methamphetamine. Lt. Joel Vettel said, "A good young man unknowingly opened his door to a monster."
Investigators say Samuel Traut died from blunt force trauma and the weapon used was a hammer. Investigators also say it appears Hunter tried to set several fires throughout Traut's home.
A prayer service will be held tonight in his honor at 5:15 pm at the St Paul's Newman Center on the NDSU campus.
Police say Traut is from Sartell, Minnesota. NDSU student Thomas Bearson was murdered last fall, he was also from Sartell. While his murder has never been solved, police say they don’t believe there are any links between the two murders.
While police were searching for Hunter on Tuesday, they say he approached officers saying "I'm the guy you're looking for."
Police have confirmed that Ashley Hunter and Clarence Flowers knew each other. Friends and family of Flowers tell Valley News Live Flowers and Hunter had a dispute in a parking lot just weeks ago.
Court documents say Hunter admitted to being responsible for both victim's deaths. Hunter said he was upset with Flowers for stealing all his girlfriends, overcharging him for drugs, and always showing Hunter disrespect. An autopsy of Flowers shows he was stabbed more than 50 times with a large knife.
Three charges were filed against Hunter Wednesday morning. He faces two charges of murder and one charge of arson. Hunter will be in court at 1:30 p.m.
Hunter lead police on a chase Sunday night before the two murders, after Hunter allegedly stole a pickup truck. Police say because of their "no pursuit" policy they did not continue to chase him. Fargo Police Chief David Todd says it was the right choice for the safety of the public.