1 charged, 1 arrested in St. Paul shooting death of Sarah Wierstad

- St. Paul police are charging one man in connection with the Sunday night shooting death of 24-year-old Sarah Wierstad near her home in the Payne-Phalen neighborhood after she returned from work. It was the third murder in five days on St. Paul's east side. 

A witness at the scene told police they saw a man shoot at Wierstad as she was walking west on Beaumont Street away from the Beaumont and Bedford Street intersection. After firing, the shooter got into a vehicle and left the area.

Upon arrival, officers found the witness with Wierstad, who was suffering from gunshot wounds. She was taken to Regions Hospital, where she was pronounced dead.

An investigation of Wierstad’s residence at 671 Bedford Street found a cut screen on a window off the kitchen. Police found items in the residence that appeared out of place and were unable to recover Wierstad’s cell phone or purse.

Police arrested Alvin Rudolph Bell, 25, in connection with the shooting after finding his fingerprints in Wierstad’s home. Bell was also shown on the surveillance video of a nearby Holiday gas station using Wierstad’s credit card shortly after the shooting occurred.

Bell is being charged with second degree murder. He has previously been convicted for aggravated robbery and attempted aggravated robbery involving a firearm in Hennepin County. 

Bell made his first appearance in court Thursday. His bail was set at $1 million, the Associated Press reported. 

A woman was also arrested in connection with the shooting, but has not yet been charged.

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