Man Arrested In Chicago For Brutal Minn. Motel Murder

By Holly Wagner, WCCO-TV

MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — The man police say is responsible for a brutal murder at a St. Louis Park motel was arrested in Chicago on Tuesday.

U.S. Marshals found James Edward Reed, 31, in Illinois and say he will be extradited back to Minnesota.

On Nov. 18, Pamela Beaulieu, 32, was found dead in a motel room at the Lakeland Inn in St. Louis Park. Police say the room was ransacked and blood was all over the place.

On Tuesday, St. Louis Park Police Chief John Luse said Beaulieu was cut with shards of a broken mirror and the killer slit her throat.

Chief Luse said Reed’s palm print and blood were found at the crime scene. Investigators say they used the victim’s cell phone records to help piece together what happen. Police tracked down a witness who said Reed contacted her that day and asked for a ride. When she picked him up, she told officers that Reed was bleeding and had cuts all over his hands. She told police Reed was crying and said he had been in a fight.

The day of the murder, investigators said Beaulieu had been at the Lakeland Inn Motel and left with two men to take part in a drug deal. That’s when they met up with Reed. A witness told police, after they got back to the motel, Reed said he wanted some time alone with Beaulieu.

Around 1:30 p.m. a guest at the motel reported hearing a woman scream. Court documents said the motel staff checked it out, but they checked the wrong room. Around 7 p.m. a hotel manager discovered the room trashed and Beaulieu’s bloody body.

Police aren’t sure what the relationship was between Reed and Beaulieu. Investigators said Reed has a long rap sheet and multiple aliases. Reed is also on the BCA’s predatory offender list. He has ties in Chicago, but is known to live in the Twin Cities.

Police had arrested two men in connection with the crime early in the investigation, but they have since been released.

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  • Idiots

    The Death Penalty is for people like this. He has no right to live after doing something like this. Don’t waste tax dollars with trials and prison – put him to death immediately.

    • Jack Jones

      Obviously, you’re the idiot! People like you need to move to North Korea where you’d fit right in!

      • The people

        He should be hung by the neck until dead, two bullits through the head and dump his sorry ass in a hole…………..trash is trash!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      • Mark MNtaxwaste

        @Jack Jonesy Typical Liberal statement, what s fool you are.

      • Moron

        You obviously voted for Obama moron.

    • JamieinMN



    If only Minnesota had the death penalty, it was abolished in Minnesota in 1911

  • K.

    According to the United States Constitution, everyone has a right to a fair trial. Like it or not, that’s the law of the land.

  • The people

    The United States Constitution was signed in 1776 for approximately 13-14 million people in the United States at that time. Not for 320 million today especially with all the losers ruining this country and this state. Being born and raised here in St. Paul there is a tremendous need to modify the Constitution of the United States so we care for those who are old and need help-helping themselves not for lowlifes and trash!

  • C Nablus

    Hmm, and we want a high speed train linking Chicago to Minnesota…

  • JamieinMN

    Come on now…….EVERYBODY of EVERY race commits crime. I’m sure YOU yourself have broken the law a time or two…

    • Mark MNtaxwaste

      Sorry! What did you say? Do you think before you write? You compare a simple law that we might have done in the past to MURDER! Please, in the future use your brain, or whats left of it to think out what you write.

  • Mark MNtaxwaste

    This guy will most likely get 25 years, and be out to commit more crimes. We need the Death Penalty back in Minnesota.

    • JamieinMN

      I find it bothersome that we, the public can predict just how the justice system will fail all of society and how incredibly accurate we can be.

  • Jesse

    Running is what they do best. But they’re not smart enough to avoid being caught. If he had a Resume, it would list all the prisons and jails he’s been in.

  • me

    what if he was a white

  • JR

    Oh.. and bring watercooler back

  • JamieinMN

    Because someone was being rude??? That’s on EVERY article that allows comments. It gets removed once there are enough reports of abuse. Don’t blame it on WCCO…dummy.

  • Mel

    Hey there waste, why don’t YOU use this forum to contribute to a constructive conversation instead of belittling and badgering others for their comments and opinions?

  • avragejoe

    I guess we should have dealt with this when he got his predatory status. Now he’s the one with all the rights & the person he killed has the right to remain dead. The only problem with the death sentance is the appeals process is to lengthy.

  • Lib

    lower the amount of $$$ that you give the welfare mama’s and the women won’t move to the state and you won’t see the thugs follow them from Illinois, Michigan, Indiana, Wisconsin. Most of the criminals are not born in Minnesota. Easy and quick fix.

    • avragejoe

      Hey Lib, sounds like you’ve got something there. I say you run for office & I’ll vote for you.

  • RachelClaire

    People, PLEASE remember life is about LOVE. Have an open heart and don’t so quickly jump to judgement. I mean this in general. Be nice to one another. Obviously this is a tragedy, but really none of these comments are relevant. I might add I’m almost homeless, unemployed and broke my ankle and leg on the snow last week. Maybe it’s only when you’re laid up that you remember the most important things in life. PEACE!

  • paab

    I wonder if Mr. Reed was singing a love song as he slit that poor womans throat?

  • Thumbody

    I think you should all stop being rude to each other, have a timeout and then take a nap!

  • Ignorance must be bliss

    I think it is funny that people make personal attacks on an editorial page in general. Do you people not think that this is an “opinion” page? You do understand that you are not going to be able to agree with everyone all the time don’t you? So why would anyone come out and say that someone does not have a brain or is stupid? Maybe before being so fast to tell someone that they are wrong, take it for what it is,,,,, a thought. If you attack someone for what they are thinking you are as much or even more “ignorant” than the person you are attacking.

  • comeonnow

    deport him

  • Kevin

    I will pull the switch….I love the whole Chicago…..Minneapolis “black” connection…..

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