MENDOTA HEIGHTS, Minn. - According to court records, a homicide suspect who is on the run had been taken into custody less than two weeks prior, but was released on his own recognizance.

Mendota Heights Police are searching for 44-year-old Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, after they say he killed 47-year-old Beverly Cory in her office building and then fled.

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Police Chief Kelly McCarthy says the incident began Saturday when Nguyen went into a house in Mendota Heights and brandished a gun at a female victim and demanded cash. Police found Nguyen and began chasing him, but he crashed in a swamp and entered the White Pine Senior Living Center.

Police evacuated the senior living facility, along with area golf courses, and set up a perimeter around White Pine while they searched the building. Then at about 2:30 p.m., police informed media that a deceased female, now identified as Cory, had been located in the adjacent office building.

Police are searching for an armed suspect who they say ran into White Pine Senior Living in Mendota Heights.
Police are searching for an armed suspect who they say ran into White Pine Senior Living in Mendota Heights.

Chief McCarthy says she believes Nguyen left the senior center and killed Cory before the perimeter was set up.

There is no known previous connection between Nguyen and Cory, according to police.

According to court records, Nguyen failed to appear at an arraignment on a misdemeanor charge in Washington County, Minnesota, on July 13. A warrant was issued for his arrest and he was taken into custody July 18 but released on his own recognizance. The charge was for altering or defacing a license plate.

Nguyen was also facing felony-level drug charges and felony battery by prisoners in Wisconsin, and was scheduled for an arraignment Aug. 18.

Nguyen's criminal history includes a 2001 DWI charge that was eventually dismissed in Minnesota, and in Wisconsin, a hit and run with an unattended vehicle that he was found guilty of in 2017.

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Police describe Nguyen as 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black T-shirt. Police say Nguyen is believed to be armed and dangerous. Anyone with information on his whereabouts is asked to call the Dakota County Sheriff's Office at 651-322-2323.

Police are asking nearby residents to avoid the area, stay indoors and lock their doors.

Mendota Heights police posted on Facebook Sunday, saying, "Investigators from the Dakota County Sheriff's Office, Mendota Heights, and the BCA are working on several leads today."

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