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Manhunt continues after armed robbery, homicide in Mendota Heights

The incident left woman a woman dead, an assisted-living facility evacuated and much of the city on lockdown.
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Update 5:00 p.m.

Police have identified the woman shot dead in Mendota Heights on Saturday.

In a Facebook post, the department said the woman was 47-year-old Beverly Cory. She was found dead in the Mendota Heights Business Center Saturday afternoon while police were searching for a suspect involved in an armed robbery.

Authorities say there's no known connection between the shooter and the victim.

"On a personal note, we didn't know the victim but we did speak with her family and friends. If she was half as amazing, caring, and resilient as they are, the world lost an amazing soul," the department wrote.

Condolences for Cory's family are flooding social media. Lavender Magazine says she was a financial advisor for Edward Jones and a member of Quorum, the LGBT Chamber of Commerce. 

"She was also one of the kindest people you've ever met. We join the community in grieving for Beverly, and our thoughts are with her wife, Kim, and Beverly's family and friends. The world is a little less bright with her passing," the post says.

Detectives from the Bureau of Criminal Apprehension, Dakota County Sheriff's Office, and the Mendota Heights Police Department continue to work on several leads.

The suspect, 44-year-old Lucifer Vincent Nguyen, is five foot five inches tall and 150 pounds. He was last seen wearing a black t-shirt and is considered armed and dangerous.

Anyone with information about the suspect or his whereabouts is asked to call the Dakota County Sheriff's Office at 651-322-2323.

Read the original story from Sunday morning below.

One woman is dead and a suspect is still at large after a wild police chase near the Twin Cities on Saturday.

Mendota Heights Police alerted the public Saturday morning about a "dynamic situation" happening near Plaza Drive. By that evening, a woman was found dead, an assisted-living facility for seniors had been evacuated and much of the city was on lockdown.

Police are still looking for 44-year-old Lucifer Vincent Nguyen. He's considered armed and dangerous.

The incident

It started around 9 a.m. when police responded to a call about an armed robbery on Delaware Street and spotted the suspect's car, Fox 9 says. Police told the station the man sped off, running his car into a nearby swamp before fleeing on foot to White Pine Senior Living.

One Twitter user reported that it turned into a hostage situation, though no one was injured.

Unsure if the suspect was still in the building, law enforcement blocked off the plaza and began evacuating the center, but it took awhile because many of the residents use walkers or wheelchairs, the Star Tribune says

Mendota Heights Police Chief Kelly McCarthy told the paper at about 2:30 p.m., a woman was found dead across the street in Mendota Heights Business Center. Police have yet to identify her.

That's about the time the department posted an update on Facebook, saying they believed the suspect was no longer in the area. A few hours later, they released the suspect's description.

In another update Saturday night, police apologized for the delay in information, saying they "understand people's frustration" when details aren't immediately available to the public.

"We have to ensure that the information we are putting out is correct, and it takes time to validate these things. We also have to take into consideration the timing of our information and contamination of witness descriptions. Thank you for your patience and all of your thoughts and prayers for the victim and her family," the statement said.

On Sunday morning, the department wrote a post calling the woman's murder "senseless and tragic." 

They have not reported finding the suspect yet – check back for updates.

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