A woman who kept track of murder suspect Ty Hoffman's movements in a Shakopee shopping center while talking on the phone with a police dispatcher will receive the $40,000 reward that had been offered in his arrest.
The tipster, who wants to remain anonymous, called Shakopee police from inside her car last Thursday morning after seeing the man she believed was Hoffman walking between various stores and restaurants in the Southbridge Crossing Shopping Center, the St. Paul Pioneer Press reports.
The woman stayed on the phone with the dispatcher while an officer went to the scene.
According to a transcript of the 911 call, the woman kept track of Hoffman as he walked from a White Castle to a gas station and then a Chipotle. He was finally arrested without incident outside an Arby's restaurant.
Hoffman, 44, is charged with killing Boston Scientific executive Kelly Phillips – his former boyfriend and business partner – at an Arden Hills gas station on Aug. 11. Hoffman had managed to evade capture for about a month until his arrest last week. He is also suspected of robbing a bank in Blaine over Labor Day weekend.
The reward was funded by friends and family of Kelly Phillips, who released a statement Tuesday, WCCO reports.
“Words cannot express the thanks we extend to the individual who led law enforcement to the suspect. We thank all who stayed alert and called in tips, and we thank the individuals and businesses who donated so generously to the reward fund,” the statement said.
Hoffman made his first court appearance on second-degree murder charges last Friday in Ramsey County court. He remains in custody on $2 million bail.
Authorities have yet to find the weapon they believe was used in Phillips’ killing. Officials said last week they are looking for a camouflage-colored .45-caliber Glock semiautomatic weapon, adding that they suspect the gun is in the Shakopee area.
Police are also searching for clues as to where Hoffman had been hiding over the last month, and they are looking into whether anyone helped Hoffman while he was on the run.