A 16-year-old boy is facing multiple murder charges after Minnesota police say he intentionally ran over a 70-year-old man who was walking on the sidewalk.
The teenager, identified as Israel Muyaya Madimba, is being charged as an adult in Stearns County, multiple news outlets report. The fatal collision occurred Friday, April 21, outside a YMCA in St. Cloud, prosecutors said.
Madimba called 911 after striking the man around 8:10 p.m., later telling police his actions were intentional, according to a probable cause plea.
He told police he saw the 70-year-old man walking on the sidewalk and “decided to run him over,” St. Cloud police said. Madimba said he “turned onto the sidewalk” and sped toward the victim, according to police.
“(Madimba) admitted to listening to a song about a murder and then beating the unsuspecting victim,” court documents show.
His admission to intentionally running over the man was corroborated by multiple witnesses, police said.
Surveillance footage from the YMCA also shows the teen stealing the car used in the attack and then driving it down the trail, according to the probable cause statement.
Madimba has been charged with first and second degree murder. The first degree charge carries life in prison if he is convicted, the Stearns County District Attorney’s Office saying.
Madimba’s bail was set at $2 million.
St. Cloud is about 65 miles northwest of Minneapolis.