Mendota Heights Police ID Shooting Victim; Suspect Remains at Large

August 01, 2017 07:33 AM

Mendota Heights police have identified the woman killed in an office building Saturday following an armed robbery in a nearby residential neighborhood.

Police said via Facebook she was 48-year-old Beverly Cory of Maplewood. The man police believe killed Cory is Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, 44, who remains on the run. Police say they don't believe there was a connection between Cory and Nguyen.

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Cory worked as a financial advisor for Edward Jones, according to Sally Greshowak, who said she is a client of 13 years.

"She came to my house one day and said, 'What do you think about your future, Sally? I can help you with it financially. I'd like to be your financial advisor,'" Greshowak said during an interview Sunday.

Greshowak and her husband brought flowers to the Mendota Heights Business Center Sunday afternoon.

"She would do anything to help anyone," she said. "She was a wonderful lady. Just wonderful."

Two police sources say a black Toyota Corolla authorities believe Nguyen was driving after the shooting has been recovered at the Washington County Fairgrounds. They believe the vehicle belonged to Cory. 

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In the Facebook post, police said Bureau of Criminal Apprehension detectives, the Dakota County Sheriff's Office and the Mendota Heights Police Department are working "several leads and will continue working throughout the day as more information develops."

The police department received reports Saturday morning of an armed robbery in a residential neighborhood, after which Nguyen had allegedly fled in a vehicle before entering an area near Dodd Road and Plaza Drive, crashing into a swamp and taking off on foot.

Police Chief Kelly McCarthy said Nguyen entered the White Pine Senior Living with a handgun, but police did not see him exit. A source says Nguyen held some people hostage at the senior living center for a short time before allegedly making his way to the Mendota Heights Business Center.

The woman later identified as Cory was found a short time later dead in the office building. 

The senior center and nearby area were evacuated as police searched the area Saturday. 

Records show Nguyen has pending felony charges in Douglas County, Wisconsin. They include a count of battery by prisoners, a count of possession of amphetamine in excess of 50 grams with intent, and a count of possession of drug paraphernalia to manufacture, compound, covert, produce or store methamphetamine. 

He's been convicted in Minnesota on a number of traffic offenses; in 2001 he had a third-degree DWI dismissed and was convicted instead of careless driving.  

Stay tuned to KSTP.com for more on this developing story.

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