Ralph Apmann, Cottonwood County Jail

Windom schools were placed on soft lockdown Monday morning after a murder suspect failed to show up for a court proceeding. Court records show Ralph Apmann was scheduled for a 9 a.m. jury trial in Cottonwood County Court.

Windom News reports a woman answered Apmann’s cell phone and told his defense attorney that Apman had left his phone at home, but had taken his gun.

A warrant was issued for Apmann’s arrest.  Police believe he is on foot and they urge the public to call 911 if they spot Apmann.

UPDATE: On Monday afternoon, the Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension and Windom Police issued a crime alert. They are attempting to locate Ralph Leslie Apmann, 58. Apmann posted bail after being charged in a homicide case, but failed to appear in court Monday for the trial. Apmann is believed to be armed with a 9mm handgun and an AR-15 rifle. Investigators believe Apmann may be in the Twin Cities metro area.

Ralph Leslie Apmann has a felony warrant for 2nd degree homicide and failure to appear for jury trial.

The MBCA and Windom Police state that if you have seen Ralph Leslie Apmann or know his whereabouts, do not approach. Please call 9-1-1.