Suspect arrested in GF double homicide

MARSHALL – The man wanted in connection with the double homicide that took place Sept. 2 in Granite Falls was arrested Tuesday, the Yellow Medicine County Sheriff’s Department said.

Andrew Joseph Dikken, 28, of Granite Falls, was taken into custody around 3 p.m. Tuesday at the Renville County Sheriff’s Office in Olivia, the YMC Sheriff’s Department said.

He had been sought in the shooting deaths of Kara Monson, 26, of Granite Falls, and Monson’s boyfriend, Christopher Panitzke, 28, of Redwood Falls. Panitzke, who had made the 911 call on Sept. 2, died from his injuries on Sept. 8 at the Hennepin County Medical Center.

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, the YMC Sheriff’s Department said.

Dikken was transported to the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls, where he will be held pending arraignment in Yellow Medicine County District Court, the YMC Sheriff’s Department said.

The Granite Falls Police Department is continuing its investigation into the homicides, the YMC Sheriff’s Department said. 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 the YMC Sheriff’s Department said. Dikken’s truck had been found in a remote area five miles north of the town of Belview two days after the shooting.

An arrest warrant for Dikken had been issued last Wednesday. He was the ex-boyfriend of Monson.