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Police: Burnsville Murder Suspect a 'Person of Interest' in Disappearance of U Student

Posted at: 09/24/2013 5:24 PM
Updated at: 09/26/2013 1:22 PM
By: Maricella Miranda

Police are continuing the search for a missing woman who they say was last seen with a murder suspect in Burnsville.

On Wednesday night, Burnsville Police said they located a vehicle believed to be used in the shooting. They also said a $5,000 reward is being offered from a private citizen for information regarding the location of the missing woman, 20-year-old Anarae Kristine Schunk.

Shavelle Oscar Chavez-Nelson was arrested by Rosemount police in the area of County Road 46 and Shannon Parkway in Rosemount, police reported Tuesday, Sept. 24. Chavez-Nelson is a suspect in the Sept. 22 homicide at Nina's Grill in Burnsville.

Chavez-Nelson has yet to be charged with a crime. Police say his 1983 Buick LeSabre "has been accounted for." A Burnsville Police spokesman says Chavez-Nelson is a "person of interest" in the disappearance of Anarae Schunk.

A man was killed in the shooting, which police say started as an argument that escalated in the parking lot of Nina's Grill around closing time. The suspect ran away after the shooting. Police searched for more than three hours for the shooter.

The victim has been identified as 23-year-old Palagor Jobi. His body was found early Sunday morning outside the bar.

Chavez-Nelson was seen Sept. 22 with Schunk, who was reported missing the following day, police reported. Police say surveillance video from inside Nina's Grill shows Schunk with Chavez-Nelson.

The two dated for a couple of months last year. KSTP spoke with Schunk's brother, who says she met up with Chavez-Nelson recently again and was trying to, "help him get his life back on track."

Schunk was last seen Sept. 21 at Caribou Coffee on Cliff Road and Highway 13 in Burnsville, according to her friends and family. She frequently used public transportation between Burnsville and Minneapolis. Schunk attends the University of Minnesota in the Twin Cities and works at Don Pablo's restaurant in Richfield.

Chavez-Nelson, who goes by several aliases, has a lengthy criminal history, according to state records. His convictions date back to at least 1999 and include fifth-degree controlled substance sale, theft, fleeing police in a motor vehicle and first-degree aggravated robbery.

Police say Chavez-Nelson has not been cooperative with the investigation into Schunk's whereabouts.

A woman, Ashley Marie Conrade, 24, also has been arrested in connection with the shooting. A Burnsville Police spokesman says Conrade is not a person of interest in the disappearance of Anarae Schunk.

Police Search for Schunk

On Wednesday, police said they were searching for Schunk. However, they're not asking for the public's help at this time in their search.

Schunk has green eyes, she's approximately 5 feet and 9 inches tall, weighing about 165.

Schunk was last seen wearing a white, zip-up jacket with a University of Minnesota logo on the chest. She had a camouflage backpack. Schunk is not believed to be a suspect in the homicide investigation, police said.

Anyone with information about the case can call the Burnsville police tip line at 952-895-4636, or 911. A Facebook page has also been set up to help find her.