By Caroline Lowe, WCCO-TV

HASTINGS (WCCO) — A Florida homicide suspect has been arrested in Minnesota. It happened just four hours before 46-year-old Abraham Mpaka was scheduled to be on a segment of the show “America’s Most Wanted.”

Mpaka allegedly killed his girlfriend, Coty Paul, in North Miami Beach Dec. 26, 2008. The FBI says he allegedly stabbed Paul, the mother of two children, in her heart as she was watching TV in a neighbor’s apartment.

A woman who saw a promo for the show contacted their hotline saying Mpaka looked like a man who was going by the name Larry Holmes in the Twin Cities.

Minnesota and FBI investigators followed up on the lead which led them to a van in Hastings.

Hasting Police and members of the FBI’s Fugitive Track Force tracked down the van in the Hasting’s library parking. When they went inside the library, they found Mpaka at a computer station and arrested him without incident.

Todd Haarstick is a library regular who saw the arrest go down Saturday afternoon.

“I saw a Hastings police officer, I think he was sort of frisking a taller, black man and escorted him out of the building,” said Haarstick.

“What did you think?” asked crime reporter Caroline Lowe.

“Wasn’t much of a scene,” said Haarstick.

Haarstick said he was very surprised to pick up the newspaper Sunday morning and learn the man being arrested was wanted for a brutal murder in Florida.

Alan Gaylor lives in a townhouse across the street from the library. On Saturday afternoon, he saw officers carrying rifles and then shaking hands after the arrest was done.

“Wouldn’t think it would happen this close to you. I knew something was going down that was pretty serious when they had rifles but I never knew something from ‘America’s Most Wanted’ would happen here in Hasting,” said Gaylor.

Gaylor said his young son and his friends had just visited the library a short while before Mpaka was arrested.

Hastings Police Chief Paul Schnell said Mpaka was living just two blocks from the police department. Investigators are continuing to look into his activities since he moved to Minnesota and estimate he has had at least five girlfriends here.

Mpaka is awaiting extradition at the Dakota County Jail which is just across the street from the library where he was caught.

Comments (21)
  1. TypesFromHome says:

    Thanks, John Walsh. Your show did it again! Getting another woman killer off the streets — and out of the libraries.

  2. Terry says:

    Thank God,another piece of garbage has been nabbed…. Kudos to the woman who called the show and to John Walsh. Thank-you !!!!!!!!

  3. Scott says:

    Hastings is a river town 20 miles from Saint paul. It is not a suburb.

    1. Gary says:

      It’s a suburb I live here

  4. Kevin says:

    More immigrants please!!!

    1. Ralph says:

      Another jerk making an assumption based on name alone. Can we have a little more hatred here?

      1. Guy says:

        I doubt it … pretty sure that “hatrid” production is at 100% of capacity …”immaturity” also seems to be getting close to capacity … there DOES seem to be some available production slack in “bile”, “abuse” and “derogatory name-calling” if you would prefer …

  5. pretzeldude says:

    Thank You for catching one of our finer citizens.

    Retired Deputy Sheriff of Miami Dade County Florida

    1. Pinkie says:

      Thank you for putting your life on the line to protect others.

  6. Parks says:


    More immigrants please!!!

    March 13, 2011 at 11:55 pm | Reply | Report comment


    Another jerk making an assumption based on name alone. Can we have a little more hatred here?

    (Mpaka, who is originally from Nigeria, has been fugitive from justice since he allegedly murdered of his girlfriend, Coty Paul, in 2008.)

    Another Bleeding Heart Liberal, calling someone a racist because they don’t have the facts.

  7. CAnna says:

    Minnesota is an EZ place 2 hide 4 most immigrants and other types..Always has been.People WE need 2 watch closely other people from terrorist countries..These people hate our guts and are laughing their Bhinds off at US..Beware of Somalia men..This is a HUB 4 their naughty activities..

  8. Jay says:

    It is too bad the network decided to discontinue this program. MANY criminals, child molesters, kidnapers, murderers were caught due to the weekly program. John Walsh did a great service to this country and law enforcement.

  9. Jay says:

    NOT all somalis are criminals! For the heck of it, I took a look at the FBI most wanted list provided on our local newspaper site, only to find every person wanted was mexican! That isnt to say all mexicans are bad either, some are here to work hard andmake a better life for their families. My only thought regarding the difference between the mexican and somalies, is somalis come from a country without laws. They need to be educated qbout the differences. How can we expect them to act differently when violence is all they know? They come to this country and are dumped off to fend for themselves and then mistreated by so many because of their color. There are good and bad in every nationality!

    1. Jason says:

      Anyone immigrating to this country legally is supposed to familiarize themselves with our laws, so your argument holds no water here, making excuses for them is only compounding the problem.

    2. me says:

      Very simple – they break the law; we send them back to the lawless Somalia where they’ll be happier

  10. konjokris says:

    What is a “moolie” Doesn’t sound good.

  11. mike says:

    A derivative of the Italian word “melanzana” which means “eggplant”. Moolie was used by Italian immigrants to describes blacks, since blacks tend to have elongated heads and dark skin, sort of resembling eggplants.

    When you’re out late at night
    And you see teeth so white
    It’s a moolie!
    When you see your T.V.
    In the dark, floating free
    It’s a moolie!

    You-a stupid moolie! You steal-a mah TV again, you gonna sleep-a with the fishes eh!

  12. mike says:

    Jay whats wrong with you

  13. JP says:

    hahahaa i haven’t heard that word forever. lollerz

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