Minneapolis, MN – December 11, 2023
In a shocking incident that unfolded on Friday, a 66-year-old store clerk in Minneapolis lost his life after being impaled with a golf club. The Minneapolis Police Department responded to reports of a stabbing at approximately 1 p.m., discovering the victim behind the counter of a local grocery store with the golf club piercing through his torso.
The victim, identified by neighbors as Robert Skafte, was not only a store clerk but also a well-known dancer who graced stages across the Twin Cities, according to reports from the Minneapolis Star Tribune. Despite the immediate attempts at medical aid by first responders at the scene, Skafte was rushed to Hennepin County Medical Center via emergency services. Tragically, he succumbed to his injuries at the hospital.
Minneapolis Police Chief Brian O’Hara, addressing the media in a press conference, revealed that the assailant had initially brought items to the store’s counter before launching a brutal assault on the victim using the golf club in a grotesque manner.
The suspect, a 44-year-old man, was swiftly apprehended by law enforcement. A witness provided crucial information leading officers to the suspect’s location in a nearby apartment unit. The suspect barricaded himself in, triggering a six-hour-long operation involving negotiators, a SWAT team, a drone unit, and a bomb squad. Ultimately, the suspect was arrested without incident.
Homicide investigators are currently delving into the circumstances leading up to the stabbing, as per the police department’s statement.
Robert Skafte’s tragic demise has left the community in mourning. Described by neighbors as a “bright light” in the community, Skafte was not only a dedicated store clerk but also a gifted dancer who had performed with the main dance theater company, Ballet of the Dolls, founded by Myron Johnson. Johnson expressed his disbelief at the tragic event, stating, “Robert was rare because he was a great dancer who could also act. He was such a bright light.”
A memorial held on Saturday drew dozens of community members who came together to remember and honor Skafte. Tony Gutoski, a frequent visitor to the grocery store where Skafte worked, shared his grief, saying, “It just makes me angry. He was a great dude.”
As the investigation continues, the Minneapolis community grapples with the loss of a cherished individual who made significant contributions both as a store clerk and as a vibrant member of the local arts scene.