MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. (AP) — Police were searching Sunday for a man suspected of killing a woman in a Mendota Heights office building while he was being pursued for an armed robbery.
The Mendota Heights police department said in a news release that Lucifer Nguyen, 44, was wanted in connection with a homicide. The hunt for him began at about 9 a.m. Saturday after a man was robbed at gunpoint.
Police began pursuing Nguyen as a suspect in that robbery, but he fled and crashed his car in a swamp. He then left the car there and ran into the White Pine Senior Living Center with his gun drawn, police said.
No one at the senior center was injured, but its 45 residents were evacuated as authorities looked for Nguyen. Authorities say he apparently left the senior center and entered the nearby Mendota Heights Business Center. The body of a woman was found in an office there after 2 p.m.
Nguyen has not been formally charged in the robbery or the shooting, but police said in a release that he was wanted in connected with a homicide.
Police continued to search for him Sunday. The Bureau of Criminal Apprehension says Nguyen’s last known address is in Minneapolis, but recent court records list a New Hope address for him.
In Minnesota, Nguyen has been convicted of misdemeanor theft and drunken driving.
He’s also been charged in Wisconsin. He’s due to appear in a Superior courtroom next month on felony battery and drug charges, and he recently pleaded no contest in a hit-and-run in Superior involving an unattended vehicle.
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