August 12, 2014
Media Advisory: Statement on Kelly Phillips Homicide
[Saint Paul, MN]: On Friday, August 15, 2014, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office issued the following statement regarding the Kelly Phillips homicide:
Today, the Ramsey County Attorney’s Office charged Lyle Marvin “Ty” Hoffman with second degree murder and issued a warrant for his arrest.
Investigators believe that a person or persons unknown have been in contact with, or have provided aid to, Mr. Hoffman. We want those individuals to be aware that Mr. Hoffman has now been charged with intentionally murdering Kelly Phillips. By law harboring, aiding or assisting Mr. Hoffman, by word or act, or intentionally aiding him by concealing evidence, providing false or misleading information or otherwise obstructing this investigation is a felony. A felony that carries a prison sentence of up to 20 years.
We are urging anyone who has had contact with Mr. Hoffman, or has harbored or assisted him in any way since the murder of Mr. Phillips to voluntarily come forward immediately. Their assistance in the investigation will be taken into consideration. We want Mr. Hoffman to be safely taken into custody. At this time Investigators are securing and examining information about all those believed to be close to Mr. Hoffman. The Ramsey County Attorney’s Office will pursue charges against anyone who has aided or harbored Mr. Hoffman since the murder or has lied to law enforcement about the whereabouts of the defendant during this investigation.
Citizen Alert - Phone Scam Returns: Individual Impersonating Sheriff's Deputy
The Sheriff's Office received numerous reports on Thursday, June 19, 2014 of an individual attempting to impersonate a Ramsey County deputy sheriff. This scam is similar to one that was occurring in April, 2014, and in other counties previously.
The contacts have typically involved a phone call from an individual who claims to be a Ramsey County deputy sheriff. The caller, claiming to be Officer Patrick Miller, Badge #2---, informs the citizen that he/she has outstanding tax issues and to avoid arrest needs to report to Washington DC tomorrow or pay the fee today. The caller will then say that if the citizen would pay “the fee”, usually several hundred dollars in the form of a pre-paid card, the matter would be resolved.
The April incidents involved the caller telling the citizen they failed to serve on jury duty, and that a warrant would be issued for their arrest if they didn't pay a fee. The April caller commonly used the name Lieutenant John Roberts, though other names were also used.
Sheriff's Offices in Minnesota do not conduct business in the manner that these phone scams suggest. Please do not become a victim.
Anyone who has contact with this individual is asked to collect as much information as possible, including any telephone numbers or addresses the individual provides, and to call the Special Investigations Unit of the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office at 651-266-9383.
Sheriff’s 2013 Year At a Glance Report Published
The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office has published its 2013 Year At a Glance (pdf) report. This report briefly explains the major accomplishments the Sheriff’s Office has achieved with the leadership of Sheriff Matt Bostrom during the last year. This report evaluates each accomplishment based upon statutory responsibilities and the department’s values.
View: 2013 Year At a Glance (pdf) | First Two Years (2011-2012) at a Glance (pdf)
Save the Date
Tuesday, August 4, 2015
Thank you to all who celebrated community bonds on Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at the Night to Unite / National Night Out events held throughout Ramsey County. Keep those neighborhood bonds strong throughout the year!
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