Route 16 bus homicide: Tim Dortch allegedly stabbed man after they bumped into each other

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Tim Dortch allegedly murdered a 25-year-old man following an on-bus argument.
SEE ALSO: Route 16 bus altercation leads to homicide near Capitol

St. Paul police say that yesterday's fatal stabbing near the Capitol was the culmination of a dispute that began when two route 16 bus riders bumped into each other on the bus.

Police say that Tim Dortch, 38, and Desmond Harper, 25, bumped into each other, sparking an on-bus argument. Things didn't get violent until they got off the bus, when Dortch allegedly stabbed Harper to death near where they exited at Rice Street and Aurora Avenue. Harper's body was found on the steps of the Berean Church shortly after 1 a.m.

In a statement, St. Paul police spokesman Howie Padilla said Harper's death "may have been the culmination of a brief verbal altercation that apparently began on Metro Transit bus route 16." A Metro Transit spokesman told the Pioneer Press the argument didn't turn violent until the men got off the bus.

Dortch is in custody this morning, though charges have not yet been filed.


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Beth Jacobs
Beth Jacobs

He is saying that hun...Sarcastically. He is saying that is NOT a reason to kill someone! Your in pain sweetie, so you didn't read it right.

Choppie
Choppie

Wtf this shit is sad wtf my aunty mae now dez wtf god please help me I just helped him get to his mom funeral and now he gone wtf lord why

Shannontoombs80
Shannontoombs80

i dnt get it wat are u trying to say nobody knows but smittie god and that horriable man who had no right to take his life!!!

LaughingGuy
LaughingGuy

Public transit...what's not to love?

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

I completley agree.  Bumping into someone, is definely a reason to shoot / stab the person.   Where was his manners?

Spiggs29128
Spiggs29128

Big surprise.  Take a look at this prize winner.  Another violent black offender.  Wow, I'm just shocked that black people are violent.  I never knew this.  

Steve
Steve

I am glad that you did this follow up.  I thought it was probably going to be another senseless homicide, but the fact that they may have bumped into each other makes it seem like it was provoked.  People should be more careful.

East Coast Doug
East Coast Doug

http://bjs.ojp.usdoj.gov/content/homicide/race.cfmIn 2005, offending homocide rates for blacks were more than 7 times higher than the rates for whites http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Statistics_of_incarcerated_African-American_malesA black male born in 1991 has a 29% chance of spending time in prison at some point in his life.Nearly one in three African American males aged 20–29 are under some form of criminal justice supervision whether imprisoned, jailed, on parole or probation.One out of nine African American men will be incarcerated between the ages of 20 and 34.Black males ages 30 to 34 have the highest incarceration rate of any race/ethnicity.

Forwardpride
Forwardpride

"Harper is in custody this morning"--no, sadly, he's dead.  Typo?

Shannontoombs80
Shannontoombs80

thats some very insensitive shit to say ur weird as fucc this is he fiancee how would u like to c some shyt on here sayin that about ur loved one ur just as nuts saying some shyt like that u are the people that need not b in this world may god have mercy on your soul idiot

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