South St. Paul man arrested in connection to woman's 1991 murder

A South St. Paul man has been arrested in connection with the 1991 murder of 20-year-old Belinda Thompson in Minneapolis.

The Minneapolis Police Department and the FBI announced Tuesday that the 56-year-old man was arrested on state charges in connection to the murder. Thompson's body was found in her bedroom on Dec. 19, 1991. 

According to police, the suspect was allegedly an acquaintance of Thompson’s boyfriend at the time of the murder. Following a year-long case review, the suspect was arrested after the BCA’s lab conducted additional forensic testing of physical evidence recovered at the scene.

“Today’s arrest demonstrates that we will never give up on these cases. For our cold case unit, our memories are long and our commitment runs deep and we are pleased with today’s development in Ms. Thompson’s case,” said Minneapolis Police Chief Medaria Arradondo. 

The suspect is currently being held in Hennepin County Jail, pending the filing of formal charges by the Hennepin County Attorney’s Office.