Shakopee, Minnesota, police have announced that fugitive Lyle “Ty” Hoffman has been arrested. He was wanted for the murder of his ex-boyfriend and business partner one month ago. Hoffman was reportedly arrested without incident and taken into custody. Law enforcement agencies had been focusing their search in the Shakopee, Minnesota area after numerous reported sightings of Hoffman, 44, were made near Mystic Lake Casino in the towns of Prior Lake and in Shakopee.
Hoffman is accused of shooting attorney Kelly Phillips, 48, three times at a Holiday gas station in Arden Hills. According to the StarTribune in Minnesota, Phillips and Hoffman were involved in an acrimonious dispute both personally and professionally at the time of Phillips’ death. He was charged with one count of intentional second-degree murder via a Ramsey County District Court arrest warrant.
The victim owned Minneapolis’ Lush nightclub and was a vice president at Boston Scientific. At the time of his death, Phillips was scheduled to marry his fiancee, Nathon Bailey, on Aug. 30. Instead of a wedding, his family and friends gathered at a private memorial service on that day.
Hoffman is also a suspect in the robbery of the Blaine TCF Bank on Aug. 31. Cash stained with red dye from the dye pack placed with the stolen money was used in the Prior Lake area prior to Hoffman’s arrest. Video footage of the robbery also resembles Hoffman.
Spokesman John Eastham of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s office in Minnesota confirmed the news of Hoffman’s arrest. More details will be made available on Thursday afternoon.
By Jennifer Pfalz