Manhunt ends in Blaine

Staff Writer
Since 2013, I have primarily covered the Anoka-Hennepin and Spring Lake Park school districts as well as the city of Spring Lake Park for ABC Newspapers.

A three-day manhunt for Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, wanted after a string of violent crimes in Dakota County, ended in Blaine July 31.

The Blaine Police Department received information that Nguyen was traveling on Highway 65, and with the Minnesota State Patrol, officers conducted a felony stop and took Nguyen into custody, according to Lt. Dan Pelkey with the Blaine Police Department.

Lucifer Vincent Nguyen (Photo provided by Dakota County)

Pelkey described the arrest, which occurred near the 117th Avenue and Highway 65 around 11:30 p.m., as “uneventful.”

Nguyen, 44, of New Hope, was charged earlier in the day with second-degree murder, two counts of first-degree aggravated robbery, first-degree burglary and kidnapping.

Mendota Heights police received a report of a home invasion around 9 a.m. July 29.

A woman was at home with her 2-year-old grandchild when a man entered the bedroom she was in with her grandchild and ordered her to give him cash at gunpoint, according to the criminal complaint.

Police saw the suspect vehicle and attempted to stop the vehicle, but after stopping briefly, the driver sped off in the vehicle and crashed into a pond, the complaint states.

When police arrived, no one was inside the vehicle, but documents tying it to Nguyen were allegedly discovered, and the woman who was robbed allegedly identified Nguyen as the man who robbed her in a photo lineup.

Seven minutes later, Mendota Heights officers were called to a senior care facility after a man with a gun forced his way inside, according to the complaint.

An employee told police she told the man he was not allowed inside, but he pulled out a gun and got her into the laundry room where he took her keys and told her she could not leave, the complaint states.

As residents were being evacuated, police received a call from an office building across the street where what was thought to be blood was seeping out from an office door, the complaint states.

Officers found a deceased woman inside, identified as Beverly Cory, 48, who died from a single gunshot wound to the head, according to the complaint.

Cory’s vehicle was missing and was located the next day at the Washington County Fairgrounds, the complaint states.

Nguyen was arraigned in Dakota County District Court Aug. 1.