Arnold Darwin Waukazo arrested in Krissy Bates's murder

Minneapolis police say tonight that they've arrested Arnold Darwin Waukazo in the murder of Krissy Bates. He's being held on probable cause murder at the Hennepin County jail.

Bates, the city's first homicide victim of the year, was found dead Jan. 11 in her apartment on Linden Avenue. She was a transgender woman who'd been in town only a few months. The county medical examiner described her cause of death as complex homicidal violence.

She'd been working as a prostitute out of the apartment, and had advertised her services online as a "classy and sassy Southern belle."

Neighbors told us they were familiar with her line of work, and saw johns coming and going. Her neighbor across the hall, Bryant DeVine, called her "bubbly, cheerful, spiritual, religious."

MPD hasn't yet released a booking photo of the 40-year-old Waukazo, who's from Blaine. We'll post it as soon as it's available.


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