Mendota Heights Murder Suspect Charges, Still on the Run
MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. – Mendota Heights police say they have recovered the car of Beverly Cory, the woman killed on Saturday in Mendota Heights.
Her car was found at the Washington County fairgrounds in Lake Elmo, Minn.
The suspect in that homicide, Lucifer Nguyen, was last seen in Stillwater, Fox 9 reports. Police believe he is still in the metro area either on foot, taking public transportation, or asking people for a ride.
Nguyen is described as a 44-year-old Asian male, 5’5″ tall, and weighing 150 pounds. His exact whereabouts remain unknown, but is believed to still be in the Twin Cities metro area.
Authorities stress Nguyen is considered armed and dangerous.
Investigators from around the state are continuing to work to apprehend Nguyen.
Anyone with information is asked to call the Dakota Co. Sheriff’s Office Tip Line at 651-438-8477 or call 911.
Lucifer Nguyen is due in Douglas County Court in Superior on Aug. 18 facing felony charges involving meth and battery.
Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom has announced that Nguyen has been charged with Second Degree Murder, two counts of First Degree Aggravated Robbery, one count of First Degree Burglary, and one count of Kidnapping in connection with the murder of Beverly Cory.
More details on the incident from the criminal complaint:
On July 29, 2017, at 9 a.m. Mendota Heights Police officers were dispatched to a Mendota Heights home on the report of a home invasion by a male armed with a pistol. The home owner told police that an individual, later identified as Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, knocked on her door inquiring if this was the “Miller” residence. When told it was not, the male got into his parked car which was in the front of the residence and drove away. Shortly thereafter, while in the master bedroom with her grandchild, Nguyen entered the room, pulled out a handgun and demanded cash. Nguyen took cash that she had in the residence and the victim’s wallet, left the home and drove away in a white Toyota with the partial plate number 922.
While responding to the home invasion report, Mendota Heights officers observed the suspect vehicle and attempted to initiate a stop thereof. After initially pulling over, the vehicle fled the scene at a high rate of speed. The vehicle subsequently crashed and landed in a pond. When officers arrived no one was in the vehicle. During a subsequent search of the vehicle officers found the victim’s wallet and items tying the car to Nguyen. A witness told police they saw a man run from the scene of the crash.
Shortly, thereafter at 9:07 a.m., officers were dispatched to a senior care facility near the crash site on a report of an adult male armed with a pistol having forced his way inside the building. One of the employees of the senior care facility told police a male with a gun, who she later identified as Nguyen, forced her into a laundry room and took her work keys. While residents were being evacuated from the senior care facility, officers received a report there was suspected blood seeping underneath a door in a suite in an adjacent office building. Tactical officers entered the building and found Beverly Cory, age 48 of Maplewood, deceased on the floor inside the suite. An autopsy of Ms. Cory determined that she died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
While investigating the death scene, it was determined that Ms. Cory’s vehicle was missing from the building’s parking lot. Her vehicle was located on July 30, 2017 at the Washington County Fairgrounds. Investigating officers were told by an adult male living near the Fairgrounds that he was approached on July 29, 2017 at approximately 11 a.m. by a man matching the description of Nguyen and requesting a ride to a nearby casino. The homeowner declined to give him a ride. It was later determined that Nguyen purchased a cell phone at 1:30 p.m. on July 29, 2017 at the Oak Parks Walmart store located approximately 3 miles from the Fairgrounds.