-- Updated following Thursday's second press conference with police --
This morning, Shakopee police arrested Lyle "Ty" Hoffman -- accused of murdering his onetime romantic and business partner, Kelly Phillips -- close to an Arby's near the Southbridge Crossing Shopping Center.
Five years ago, Hoffman and Phillips co-founded Lush Food Bar. Multiple reports have suggested their personal and professional relationship became strained over the years. At the time of his death, Phillips, 48, was engaged to another man.
On August 11, Phillips, also an attorney and Boston Scientific vice president, was shot three times at an Arden Hills gas station.
Hoffman disappeared, and since then people have reported seeing him near Mystic Lake Casino and other places in that part of the metro. Police believe he reemerged on August 31 to rob a Blaine TCF before vanishing again.
Shakopee police chief Jeff Tate told reporters that a "concerned citizen" called police and stayed on the phone, tracking his whereabouts near and through the shopping mall. Moments before his arrest, around 10:20 a.m., Hoffman was reportedly seen walking by an Arby's drive-thru menu.
John Kirkwood, Ramsey County Sheriff's chief deputy, also speaking at a press conference, suggested that after a month-long manhunt Hoffman may have been trying to get caught. "That's the sense we had with him today and we're fortunate he did," Kirkwood said.
Police remain tight-lipped about the investigation, but made it known late in the afternoon Thursday that they're still looking for the .45-caliber brown camouflage Glock that ended Phillips's life. It's unclear why Hoffman lingered around the Shakopee area for so long.
"We're still not convinced someone wasn't helping him," Kirkwood said. "If that was the case ... they're facing not only state charges of aiding and abetting, but federal charges for harboring a fugitive."