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Authorities are continuing the search for Ty Hoffman who is the main suspect in the murder of LGBT community leader and Lush Food Bar owner Kelly Phillips.

At 2:01pm on Monday afternoon, Blaine police responded to a bank robbery at TCF Bank in Blaine. Police reviewed security camera footage and believe the man who robbed the bank is Ty Hoffman.

At 5am on Tuesday, police responded to a possible sighting of Hoffman at the Anoka County Airport. The search for him continued through Tuesday afternoon.

Blaine police released this statement:

On September 2, 2014 at approximately 0500 hours there was a possible sighting of Lyle
Marvin “Ty” Hoffman in the area of the Anoka County Airport. The Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office and Blaine Police Department are continuing the investigation and searching the area with multiple agencies and SWAT teams from the metro area. Hoffman may still be in the area, is considered armed and dangerous, and should not be approached. If anyone has information on the whereabouts of Lyle Marvin “Ty” Hoffman, or sees any suspicious activity in the area of the Anoka County Airport, they should call 9-1-1. Further information will be provided when available.

The search was concentrated around a wooded area new the airport

The case has drawn the attention of numerous law enforcement agencies including the Blaine Police Department, Anoka County Sheriff’s Office/Crime Scene Unit, the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office, the BCA, and the FBI.

Hoffman is accused of shooting Phillips at a gas station in Arden Hills on Aug. 11. The two were former partners who opened Lush Food Bar in 2009. Last week, family and friends gathered at St. Mark’s Cathedral in downtown Minneapolis to remember Phillips. The community has raised $25,000 for information leading to the capture of Hoffman. To share any information or report a tip anonymously, call Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS.

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Andy Birkey
Andy Birkey has written for a number of Minnesota and national publications. He founded Eleventh Avenue South which ran from 2002-2011, wrote for the Minnesota Independent from 2006-2011, the American Independent from 2010-2013. His writing has appeared in The Advocate, The Star Tribune, The Huffington Post, Salon, Cagle News Service, Twin Cities Daily Planet, TheUptake, Vita.mn and much more. His writing on LGBT issues, the religious right and social justice has won awards including Best Beat Reporting by the Online News Association, Best Series by the Minnesota chapter of the Society of Professional Journalists, and an honorable mention by the Sex-Positive Journalism awards.

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