Man Arrested For Cutting Up Man’s Body And Dumping In Lake

Man, 41, has been arrested for ‘dismembering a man’s body before boarding a commercial boat to dump its remains in a lake after telling a fisherman it was his grandmother’s valuables’

  • Robert Thomas West, 41, is charged with complicity in murder and helping to hide a body
  • The indictment came after the remains of Richard Anthony Balsimo, 34, were discovered last week in Lake Superior in Minnesota Superior
  • Police say the victim had been dismembered and had a gunshot wound to his upper body
  • The person who killed Balsimo – who disappeared from St Paul on June 20 – has not yet been arrested
  • Police said West dumped the remains after boarding a commercial fishing boat carrying two five-gallon buckets and a carrying bag.
  • West allegedly told the fisherman that the buckets contained his grandmother’s valuables

Robert Thomas West, 41, has been charged with complicity in murder and helping to hide the body after the remains of 34-year-old Richard Anthony Balsimo were discovered in a five-gallon bucket and tote bag in Lake Superior, Minnesota. week

A Minnesota man has been arrested after allegedly dismembering a man’s body and then persuading a commercial fisherman to take him to the center of a lake so he could dump the remains, which he claimed were the his grandmother’s valuables.

Robert Thomas West, 41, is charged with complicity in murder and helping to hide the body after the remains of 34-year-old Richard Anthony Balsimo were discovered last week in a five-gallon bucket and tote bag in Lake Superior.

Police said the victim had been dismembered and had a gunshot wound to his upper body.

The person who killed Balsimo – who disappeared from St Paul on June 20 – has not yet been arrested, according to authorities.

The case unfolded after police said a female witness later contacted them to say she had met West and another man at West’s home the same day Balsimo was reported missing.

She claimed that the other man, who has not been named, was nervous about something being discovered in his car and that she had seen bullet holes in the passenger seat.

The woman told police that two days later, West asked her if she knew anyone with a boat because he wanted to go fishing. She took him to a commercial fisherman she knew in Grand Portage, on the shore of Lake Superior.

Richard Anthony Balsimo

Richard Anthony Balsimo

Police say Richard Anthony Balsimo – who disappeared from St. Paul on June 20 – was dismembered and had a gunshot wound to his torso

Police said West dumped the remains after boarding a commercial fishing boat in Grand Portage, on the shore of Lake Superior, with two five-gallon buckets and a tote bag.  West allegedly told the fisherman that the buckets contained his grandmother's valuables

Police said West dumped the remains after boarding a commercial fishing boat in Grand Portage, on the shore of Lake Superior, with two five-gallon buckets and a tote bag. West allegedly told the fisherman that the buckets contained his grandmother’s valuables

West allegedly told the woman that he had a ‘corpse in the back’ of his car and that the other man in the house had shot Balsimo in ‘self-defense’.

The body was then “chopped into pieces” in a camper, according to the police.

The fisherman told police that he took West on the boat and saw him drop two five-gallon buckets and a tote bag into the lake.

West had reportedly told him it was his dead dog, though he’d previously said it was his grandmother’s remains.

Police said the fisherman later led them to the area of ​​the lake where West is believed to have dumped Balsimo’s body.

Investigators were able to recover one of the buckets and bag last week.

Balsimo’s torso was found in the bucket, while the tote bag contained pants and the victim’s casino player card.

A coroner who confirmed the remains belonged to Balsimo ruled that he died of “murderous violence.”

When questioned by police, West admitted to cutting up the body and throwing it away.

West is charged with one count of aiding a trespasser and one count of Interfering with a corpse.

Investigators say they expect more charges in the case.

West could face 20 years in prison if convicted.

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