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Dikken taken into custody in Granite Falls double homicide

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GRANITE FALLS, Minn. (KMSP) -

FOX 9 News has confirmed that Andrew Dikken, the 28-year-old man wanted in connection with a fatal double shooting in Granite Falls, has been taken into custody after spending two weeks at large.

Police have been searching for Dikken since Sept. 2, when 26-year-old Kara Monson was found shot to death inside her home in the 1100 block of Prentice Street. Christopher Panitzke, 28, was also shot multiple times inside the home. He died of his injuries a week later.

The Yellow Medicine County Sheriff's Office confirmed Dikken was arrested on Tuesday, explaining that he was taken into custody at about 3 p.m. by members of the Renville County Sheriff's Office in Olivia, Minn.

Officials say Dikken was brought to the Sheriff's Office by family members who have cooperated with the investigation and helped search for him over the past two weeks.

Dikken has since been transported to the Yellow Medicine County Jail in Granite Falls, where he will be held until his arraignment.

A $1,000 reward was offered for information leading to Dikken's arrest. It is not yet known if anyone will be collecting that sum.

The Granite Falls Police Department and the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension continue to investigate the killings.

MONSON FAMILY STATEMENT

Eric Monson, Kara's cousin, confirmed the family has been notified of the arrest told FOX 9, "The family is very relieved."

"This is a man who has killed two people. He threatened himself and my family to know he's in custody is a great relief and closure," Eric Monson said by phone.

The Monson family also released a statement that can be read in full below:

On Tuesday night at about 8 p.m., our family learned of the capture of Andrew Joseph Dikken. We are greatly relieved to hear of the news. We hope the family of Christopher Panitzke and the Granite Falls community share in our great feeling of relief over Andrew Dikken's capture.

At this point, we know little regarding Dikken's capture. We know only that he is in custody, and our family is now safe.

We are prepared for the course of justice and hope justice will be served to Andrew Dikken for his senseless and unwarranted killing of Kara and Christopher. His capture is one step toward closure; justice being carried out will be the final step.

TWO WEEKS AT LARGE

Shortly after the shooting, investigators revealed they believed the bloodshed was related to domestic violence and they named Dikken a person of interest.

Dikken and Kara Monson were in a relationship for three years, but the two broke up in April. Friends and loved ones say Monson had recently begun dating Panitzke, of Redwood Falls, before the two were killed.

Investigators immediately released images of a truck Dikken was believed to be traveling in, but the vehicle was found abandoned two days later near Belview, Minn. Despite a thorough search of the area, Dikken was nowhere to be found.

On Sept. 11, a warrant was issued for Dikken's arrest and police renewed their call to the public to help locate him. Two days later, Monson's friends and family members spoke to FOX 9 to urge anyone who may be sheltering Dikken to call police.

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