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    MN - Ty Hoffman accused in the Mpls. Murder of Atty Kelly Phillips

    This murder is big news and a big mystery in the Minneapolis area. Former lover 'Ty' Hoffman is accused of brutally murdering attorney Kelly Phillips (according to multiple witness, Hoffman shot Phillips once around 8 a.m. at a gas station, Phillips tried to run, Hoffman shot him in the back, then as Phillips lay begging 'No, no, no, please...', Hoffman coldly shot Phillips point blank in the head. Hoffman drove off in the 2011 BMW which was found at a suburban airport. Police (Ramsey County/St. Paul) state they have reason to know now that one or more person is helping 'Ty' Hoffman flee and hide from police. See: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3538821.shtml?cat=1

    I have seen no blog about this murder. I would think that Hoffman changed cars at that airport and drove to some getaway location such as some 'friend's' lake cabin. Another thought is that someone with a private plane flew Hoffman elsewhere, but it would seem like police could track that down quickly. Here is the 'Wanted Poster': http://www.scribd.com/fullscreen/237...ew_mode=scroll I note that it says Hoffman likely is using 'Grindr, Craigslist and Scruff, and maybe more' to find help! (Can anyone find posts that perhaps Hoffman made to such sites ????)

    Approximately 5 years ago, Hoffman and Phillips started a popular gay nightclub/bar in Minneapolis which is still going strong. Having myself been in restaurant work for many years, I expect Hoffman would know some seedy characters.

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    Witnesses told investigators Monday that they saw two men arrive in the same car about 8:30 a.m. at the Holiday Station ....
    Josh Polos, 40, of Little Canada said he was at a gas pump when he saw the black BMW enter the parking lot. He said he heard bickering and swearing from inside the car as it was parked and saw both men climb out. "All of a sudden the shooter just shot (Phillips)," Polos said. "Then (Phillips) turned to run away, and he shot him again in the back." The third bullet was fired as Phillips was lying on the ground begging for his life, Polos said. "He was saying, 'No, no, no, please,' and the guy just stood right over the top of him and shot him point-blank in the head," Polos said.


    http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_2...ng-bossci-exec - - And he drove over Phillips as he drove off.

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    CBS - MANHUNT - FEDERAL WARRANT ISSUED

    http://www.cbsnews.com/news/manhunt-...innesota-exec/

    imo One or more persons very close to this man must be hiding him. How else can he get 8 hours sleep every night? Food? Money? Place to shower? If this man was out stealing cars or money, we'd be hearing about it. I wonder where the heck he is now... And what is going on about the craigslist posts? If he is posting there, why don't the police at least tell us what city they think he's in?

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    http://www.twincities.com/crime/ci_2...han-doubles-25

    Hoffman, 44, of Minneapolis was charged last week in Ramsey County District Court with second-degree murder in Kelly Phillips' death. A new wanted poster reflects the $25,000 reward offered by Crime Stoppers of Minnesota -- money raised entirely by the community, according to the sheriff's office.

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    Apparently Hoffman is still in the Minneapolis area: Suspected of robbing a bank at gunpoint (suspected, same gun as used in the murder) yesterday afternoon: http://kstp.com/news/stories/S3548154.shtml?cat=1 I don't know how to 'paste' the bank robber's picture here - maybe someone, please, can do it?

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    Exclamation Hoffman: Bank robbery yesterday

    The location of the bank robbery is in the same general suburban vicinity as the murder. Here is another picture of the bank robber which is much clearer. Sure looks like Hoffman imo: http://www.myfoxtwincities.com/story...ing-ty-hoffman If this is Hoffman, does it not seem like he is incredibly desperate to keep himself alive and get himself into hiding (with money - - e.g., pay people to smuggle him to Mexico)? It's one thing to go into a blind rage as to your lover/former lover, but quite another to threaten innocent bank tellers (who are likely just 20'something y olds) and the general public (a mom and a tot could easily have been present). Please, somebody past the pic' here. tyia

    What do you think this guy will do next? It sounds like a mess, because the news articles all say Hoffman is now covered with indelible red dye: https://www.google.com/search?q=red+...w=1920&bih=938 The temperatures here in Minnesota are in the 70's (so it's not like he can cover his face with a snow mask!).
    Last edited by MinnesotaMary; 09-01-2014 at 03:26 PM.

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    If you rob a bank in Blaine, MN, you'd think you'd drive far, far away afterward. But this is the suburb where Hoffman ditched his car with one day after he allegedly murdered his former lover/lover (Hoffman ditched the car at the Blaine/Anoka Airport parking lot). Do you think Hoffman could be staying with some one person who he trusts totally (and phoned for help right after the murder)? Or, could he be staying in some vacant house? Or staying in a storage unit? And if Hoffman touched his bank robbery money, then he should be full of red dye all over him. Where the heck is Hoffman now? http://bringmethenews.com/2014/09/01...ank-in-blaine/

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    POSSIBLE SIGHTING THIS MORNING: S.W.A.T., HELICOPTERS, POLICE SWARMING AREA

    http://www.kare11.com/story/news/cri...aine/14959009/

    http://bringmethenews.com/2014/09/02...laine-airport/

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    WASHINGTON TIMES, 1 HR. AGO - 'Lock Your Doors', 'He Is Increasingly Desperate & Armed & On The Loose':
    http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/...icide-suspect/
    Police say all the money he got when he robbed the bank is now dyed red, and so, too, Hoffman.

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    I just heard (from my phone app'): THEY CAUGHT HOFFMAN ! He was on foot. I had heard earlier today that Hoffman robbed the bank on foot (no car), too. Holy Moly. No other details except that I heard that they're 'calling off the dog' (police dog).


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    I just heard that this might be a coincidence, but not at all sure. There was a foot pursuit of someone in that area and the police 'apprehended' the man. Not sure at this time if it is Hoffman, or some other oddly coincidental criminal running on foot in that area. I myself heard that they're 'calling off the dog'.

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    Nope, no arrest yet:

    http://www.kare11.com/story/news/cri...lake/15013671/

    A State Patrol helicopter is in the air, and a significant law enforcement presence is on the ground searching for murder suspect Ty Hoffman in an area near Mystic Lake Casino Wednesday morning.

    Armed deputies from Scott County and SWAT team members could be seen near the intersection of Credit Union Drive and Mystic Lake Drive. Ramsey County Sheriff's authorities confirm the search was launched following a possible sighting of Hoffman Wednesday morning.

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    Police/Sheriff says they are quite positive that someone is helping Hoffman hide - there is an accomplice. Police/Sheriff keep stressing in video news reports that there is also a federal arrest warrant and they plan to pursue felony charges against whoever is helping Hoffman. They say that they believe no one on their own could successfully hide for over two weeks without someone helping him. Makes sense because Hoffman is still, after over 2 weeks, somewhere in a very small geographical area, so he just must have totally safe shelter, 3 square meals, a place to sleep safe and sound and without worry of arrest, a place to shower. But it would seem whoever is harboring Hoffman right now doesn't have much in the way of financial resources, no money to give to Hoffman so Hoffman could make a good getaway (i.e., leave the area) attempt.

    More detail as to yesterday's 0530 a.m. sighting of Hoffman: Someone saw Hoffman walking in the dark wearing a baseball cap and carrying a duffel bag in a residential area very near to where he ditched his car (the Blaine/Anoka Airport) and where he robbed the bank (TCF Bank in Blaine), and not terribly far from the site of the murder (Arden Hills at 35W).

    My guess is that Hoffman robbed the bank to get a large sum of money thinking the person who's sheltering him and helping him could use the cash to buy a car and have substantial spending money so he could leave the area, thinking he could set up a new identity and life in Miami or somewhere fun like that where it's warm and sunny, lots of alcohol and lots of gay bars (ala Robin Williams' movie, The Birdcage). Unfortunately for him, the money he got is all dyed red, and Hoffman is probably partially dyed red, too. I would think Hoffman is really mad about getting red-dyed money, and may be winding up red-stained himself. All the more reason to need to be walking in the dark.

    Just my guesses.

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    Search has moved to Prior Lake. Officers have closed Mystic Lake Drive by Oakes Lane. Residents have been asked to stay in their homes due to the volatile nature of the situation.

    [Link] [http://m.kstp.com/article.html#!/576...1abd1b0356e5ba ]

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    News now is that within the past one hour, police/sheriffs/FBI are swarming a wooded area just outside a south Minneapolis area casino. Businesses and schools all in lockdown. Word is that Hoffman is a bigtime gambler who loves the local casinos and going to Las Vegas (why are we not surprised?). https://twitter.com/hashtag/tyhoffmansearch?src=hash

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