Phillips Homicide: Update on the search for Hoffman
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 (651-266-9389)
View Press Release (pdf) | View Blaine Police Press Release with Photo of Suspect (pdf)
Phillips Homicide: Continued Search for Hoffman
View Press Release (pdf) from September 2, 2014
August 26, 2014
Phillips Homicide: Reward Increased
View Wanted Poster (pdf) | View Press Release (pdf)
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)
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