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Suspect in Family Deaths on the Lam

October 21, 2000

LINO LAKES, Minn. (AP) _ Police searched Friday for an ex-convict suspected of killing his sister, her husband and their three young children a day after his release on parole. The man had allegedly vowed to ``kill everyone before they kill me.″

The bodies were found Thursday in the family’s suburban Minneapolis home after one of the father’s co-workers called police because he hadn’t shown up at his job. Police would not say Friday how they were killed.

The victims were identified as Donna Mimbach, 29; her husband, Todd Mimbach, 32; and their three children, John Mimbach, 12, Amber Duval, 9, and Daniel Mimbach, 1.

The suspect was identified as Donna Mimbach’s brother, Lawrence Scott Dame, 28, a former state prison inmate. He was released the day before the killings from the Anoka County jail, where he was being held for allegedly stealing one of the family’s cars.

Dame spent four years in prison for slashing a man’s throat with a knife. He was released in February.

Police had been called to the Mimbach house twice recently for disturbances involving Dame, once for theft and once for a ``domestic-related″ situation, Chief Dave Pecchia said.

The Star Tribune of Minneapolis reported Friday that as a condition of his release, Dame was supposed to report to a hospital for a mental health crisis intervention immediately after he left jail. Don Ilse, director of field services for Anoka County Community Corrections, told the newspaper that Dame spoke with a mental health professional at Mercy Hospital.

Family members said they unsuccessfully tried admitting Dame to the hospital after his release.

It remained unclear Friday why he wasn’t admitted.

``When someone presents to our emergency room, we do a thorough evaluation to determine if they require hospitalization,″ said Dr. Doug Nemecek, a psychiatrist at Mercy. ``Anyone in the emergency room who is felt to be immediately dangerous to themselves or others is hospitalized at this time.″

Nemecek said he was not allowed to discuss specifics of Dame’s case or why he was released. But he said the hospital had received no information on his condition from the courts or other public officials.

``We’ll continue to review our policies and practices,″ Ilse said Friday. ``I’m confident we did the best job we could.″

Hannah Dame told the Pioneer Press her son had been acting strangely and recently claimed to hear voices. She quoted her son as saying, ″`The spirits said your family is going to kill you. Well, I better kill everyone before they kill me.‴

``I knew he was dangerous,″ she said. ``I told the parole officer that he was all messed up.″


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