MINNEAPOLIS -- A 33-year-old Edina man told law enforcement officials he killed his mother after an argument about his smoking crack cocaine in her home, according to the Hennepin County District Court criminal complaint filed Thursday accusing him of murder.
Anthony Richard Szutz was charged with second-degree intentional murder.
He was arrested Tuesday night in Baxter after a standoff with police.
Szutz is accused in the murder of his mother, 52-year-old Barbara J. Szutz, who was found by Edina police officers Monday when they searched her home after it was reported to them she failed to report to work Monday morning.
Anthony Szutz was spotted Tuesday afternoon on Highway 210 in Baxter after Edina police notified local law enforcement agencies that Szutz might be in Baxter. His aunt had called Edina police Tuesday reporting that Anthony Szutz had come to her Baxter home.
After leading officers on a chase through Baxter streets and crashing into two squad cars, Anthony Szutz's vehicle became stuck in a ditch off Clearwater Road.
Anthony Szutz, armed with a sawed-off shotgun, kept law enforcement at bay and remained in his pickup for more than three hours before surrendering about 7 p.m. Tuesday.
According to the criminal complaint, Edina police officers found Barbara Szutz under a sheet in the basement laundry room of the home in which she and Anthony Szutz lived.
Edina police officers found a laceration on the back of Barbara Szutz's head, and a plastic bag with duct tape partially beneath her head. A medical examiner's investigation determined the injuries to be consistent with homicidal asphyxiation, the criminal complaint said.
Anthony Szutz became a suspect after police officers, in interviews with Barbara Szutz's neighbors, were told Anthony and his mother had a volatile relationship, with several angry exchanges having been witnessed between the two over the years, the criminal complaint said.
In a taped statement, Anthony Szutz told Edina police officers his mother came down to his basement room Saturday and was angry with him for smoking crack cocaine in her house.
Szutz told officers he struck Barbara Szutz in the head with something, possibly a hammer, and put a plastic bag over her head, taping the bag with duct tape tightly around her neck, the criminal complaint said.
In the statement, Szutz told officers that he watched as Barbara Szutz stopped breathing, then took the bag from her head and covered her body with a sheet. He stayed in the house until Monday morning.
Szutz's next court appearance is today in Hennepin County District Court. He is being held in Hennepin County Jail.
Szutz was convicted in 1989 of first-degree assault.
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