ST. CLOUD, Minn. (KMSP) - A 22-year-old Waconia, Minnesota man died after he was punched in the face during a fight near St. Cloud State University over the weekend.
According to St. Cloud Police, Anthony Shriver was walking home with friends around 2:30 a.m. when they ran into another group of men near the intersection of 9th Avenue and 7th Street South. Witnesses say the groups argued, and Shriver was punched in the face.
Police found the suspect, 21-year-old Travis Johnson of St. Cloud, a short distance away from the scene of the assault. Witnesses identified him as the man who had thrown the punch. He was taken into custody and initially cited for fifth degree assault.
Shriver had no visible signs of injury, but complained of a headache. He refused medical attention and went home with his friends.
"He talked about having some pain in his head, but we asked him if he wanted to go to the hospital or needed any medical attention and he just said he didn't," said St. Cloud Police Chief Jeff Oxton.
Around 12:25 p.m. on Saturday afternoon, police responded to a medical call at a nearby house and found Shriver unresponsive. Paramedics initiated life-saving measures, but he died at the scene.
Autopsy results indicated Shriver had died of trauma consistent with the Saturday morning assault.
Johnson turned himself in on Sunday night and was taken to the Stearns County Jail, where he is being held for second degree murder.
St. Cloud Police are asking anyone who witnessed or has information about the assault to contact them at 320-251-1200 or Tri-County Crime Stoppers at 320-255-1301.