Fugitive Ty Hoffman, suspect in Kelly Phillips murder, allegedly robbed Blaine bank
Three weeks after he allegedly murdered his onetime romantic and Lush business partner Kelly Phillips, Ty Hoffman, it appears, is still in the Twin Cities metro area.
Surveillance footage from a Blaine TCF Bank shows a man who looks just like Hoffman robbing the place around 2 p.m. on Sunday. The car Hoffman was driving the day of Phillips's brutal murder at an Arden Hills gas station was found in Blaine, and authorities' searches for Hoffman have focused on the area surrounding the Blaine airport.
Kelly Phillips murder: Tight-lipped police won't rule out anyone as search for Hoffman continues
Here's the news release the Blaine Police Department released yesterday singling out Hoffman as a suspect in the bank robbery:
News of Hoffman's alleged involvement in the robbery sparked a new round of searches around Blaine, but authorities again came up empty handed.
A wanted poster released by the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office on August 21 noted that the gun used in Phillips's murder hasn't been found, so "Hoffman should be considered armed and dangerous."
It also notes that "Hoffman is known to associate within the gay community and investigators believe that he may use Grindr, Craig's List, Scruff, or other applications to find shelter."
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