MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) – Farmington police are investigating a homicide after an elderly woman was found dead inside a home late Thursday night.
According to the Farmington Police Chief, around 11:45 p.m. officers responded to a medical call in the 600 block of Linden Street.
Upon arrival, police found a woman dead inside the home. She appeared to have suffered blunt force trauma.
Officers arrested a Timothy Robert Steele. Police say he surrendered peacefully, and is currently in custody awaiting formal charges. Officials are unsure of the relationship between the two, but believe they are family members.
Neighbors told WCCO that the victim was Steele’s grandmother, and was in her 80s. They said she had been a patient at a nearby nursing home, but sometimes her daughter brought her to the house to visit. The neighbors also told WCCO the family had lived in the home for 50 plus years.
Farmington Police Chief Brian Lindquist says a second woman living inside the home, whom neighbors identified as Timothy’s mother Diane, was the one who called police just before midnight Thursday.
Police have visited the home before but will disclose the reason why.
This is Farmington’s first homicide since 1972.
The Dakota County Attorney’s office said charges are expected at noon on Monday, Oct. 19. Farmington police and the BCA are continuing to investigate this incident.