New Brighton assault victim dies after heart attack, Minneapolis man charged

A Minneapolis man is in custody after an assault in New Brighton Friday sent a man into fatal cardiac arrest.

According to police, officers responded to a call from an apartment building in the 1400 block of 20th Avenue Northwest at approximately 8 p.m. Friday, April 14 and found 58-year-old Carlton Campbell semi-conscious inside his second-floor apartment.

Despite immediate life-saving measures by the officers and transport by Allina paramedics, the victim was pronounced dead at Unity Hospital.

The suspect, 54 year-old Steven Abrams of Minneapolis, was arrested at the scene and later charged with 2nd Degree Murder by the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office.

According to the complaint, Campbell called 911 to report a domestic assault involving his sister and Abrams. While Campbell was still on the phone with 911, Abrams attacked Campbell, pushing him into a wall and causing him to fall to the ground. Abrams then jumped on top of Campbell and began choking him with both hands while also digging both of his knees into Campbell’s chest. The female domestic assault victim tried unsuccessfully to pull Abrams off her brother Campbell.

The complaint also states that just before officers placed Abrams in a squad car, he uttered, “I told that b**** I was going to f****** kill him.”

The Midwest Medical Examiner’s Office listed Campbell’s cause of death as complex homicidal violence.

If convicted, Abrams faces up to 40 years in prison.

Contact Sam Lenhart at [email protected]