Police Search for Suspect in Mendota Heights Homicide

July 30, 2017 10:30 AM

Several law enforcement agencies continue to search for a man in connection with a Mendota Heights homicide that followed an armed robbery and the evacuation of a senior living center Saturday. 

Police identified the man as 44-year-old Lucifer Vincent Nguyen.


Authorities located a deceased woman in a Mendota Heights office building Saturday morning after responding to reports of an armed robbery.

Police Chief Kelly McCarthy said Nguyen fled the scene near Dodd Road and Plaza Drive. Nguyen is still at large and may be armed, according to McCarthy. 

The department received reports of the robbery Saturday morning, after which Nguyen allegedly fled in a vehicle before entering the plaza, crashing into a swamp and taking off on foot. 

McCarthy said he entered White Pine Senior Living with a handgun, and police did not see him exit. She later added that he entered the building, spoke to employees briefly, and left. 

The woman was later found dead in the Mendota Heights Business Center. Police have yet to identify her.

Other law enforcement agencies have been assisting in what now appears to be a wider search. The Minneapolis Police Department was working with the Dakota County Sheriff's Office Saturday to check locations in northeast Minneapolis, but Nguyen has not been found. 

The shopping center and nearby area were evacuated as police went through facilities to search for him. McCarthy said the evacuation took longer than usual because of the special nature of the population. Residents of the senior center were allowed to return to the building Saturday afternoon.  

SWAT teams from Dakota and Washington counties, along with a Minnesota State Patrol helicopter, also assisted with the original scene. 

Check back with KSTP.com for more on this developing story. 


Andrew Heiser

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