Ramsey County Sheriff's Press Releases Update

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Contact: John Eastham, Sergeant
Public Affairs and Data Practices
Phone: (651) 266-9421 | john.eastham@co.ramsey.mn.us

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 01, 2014

Phillips Homicide: Update on the search for Hoffman

[St. Paul, MN]:  The search for Lyle Marvin “Ty” Hoffman heated up on Sunday, August 31, 2014 at approximately 2:01 pm when Officers of the Blaine Police Department responded to a bank robbery at the TCF Bank located at 331 County Road 10 NE in the City of Blaine.  Video footage from the bank revealed that the robbery suspect appeared to match the description of Hoffman, the homicide suspect from the August 11, 2014 Arden Hills Holiday Gas Station murder of Kelly Phillips.  During the robbery the bearded suspect displayed a handgun and demanded money.  Although a thorough search of the area failed to locate the suspect it is believed that both the money and suspect have been tainted with red dye from a dye pack.  At the time of the robbery the white male suspect was wearing a white t-shirt, baseball-style cap, and glasses.  This case is under investigation by the Blaine Police Department, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office/Crime Scene Unit, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, the BCA and the FBI.

The suspect should be considered armed and dangerous, may still be in the area, and should not be approached.  If anyone has information related to the TCF bank robbery or to the location of “Ty” Hoffman, they should immediately call 9-1-1.  To share any information or report a tip anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.


Media Contact: Inspector Rob Allen