Bail set for Mendota Heights murder suspect

Henrietta Brewer
August 2, 2017

"Our hearts go out to Beverly Cory, her spouse, her family, her friends, and all of the other victims involved in this frightening experience with guns pointed at them", said Dakota County Attorney James Backstrom.

Backstrom said he's satisfied with the judge's decision on the bail for Nguyen, who was arrested late last night.

Forty-four-year-old Lucifer Nguyen made his first court appearance Tuesday.

Nguyen has been on the run since Saturday which is when he's suspected of killing Beverly Cory.

The hunt for Nguyen, who legally changed his name to Lucifer in 1997, began Saturday morning in Mendota Heights.

Officers responding to the home spotted the sedan and pulled it over. Soon after, he crashed his auto into a swamp and ran into a nearby senior center. There, he allegedly forced employees into a locked storage closet at gunpoint.

As authorities evacuated the building, Nguyen slipped away.

Her killer has now been charged with murder.

Also Monday, authorities said Cory's auto was found abandoned Sunday at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Baytown Township. An autopsy determined she died from a single gunshot wound to her head.

Police then discovered that Cory's auto was missing.

Police believe he is still in the metro area either on foot, taking public transportation, or asking people for a ride.

Mendota Heights police posted a notice on Facebook Sunday when Nguyen remained at large.

Earlier Monday, charges were filed in connection with Saturday's homicide in Mendota Heights.

Just after 11 p.m. Monday, authorities apprehended Nguyen during a traffic stop near the intersection of Highway 65 and 117th Avenue Northeast in Blaine.

Records show that Nguyen was slated to appear in court in Wisconsin later this month on felony battery and drug charges.

The Dakota County Attorney's Office announced Monday that Nguyen was charged with second-degree murder, burglary, kidnapping, and two counts of aggravated robbery.

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