By Marion V.Ali
Belizean law enforcement authorities are on the lookout and are in need of the public’s help to locate Lyle Marvin Hoffman, also known as “Ty”, a wanted American felon accused of the murder of a man in Minnesota State, USA.
Hoffman, according to Minnesota authorities, is the prime suspect of the murder of Kelly Phillips, the vice president and general counsel for Boston Scientific, who was shot three times on August 11 at a gas station in Arden Hills and later died from the injuries.
On Tuesday of this week the Ramsey County Sheriff’s Office issued a revised wanted poster for Hoffman’s apprehension which reflects an increased reward of US $25,000, raised by the community and offered by Crime Stoppers. Minnesota police believe that Hoffman may have already fled the state and could be anywhere in the country or elsewhere.
Hoffman, a known casino gambler, has travelled to Belize, Canada and Mexico and authorities have alerted that he “is known to gravitate toward the gay communities in the places he visits.” They also warn that he could be armed and dangerous and that he might be using the social media to find cover while on the run.
The handgun that he is believed to have used in the fatal shooting has not been recovered. People are encouraged to notify Crime Stoppers or the nearest police station if this man is seen.
The man who Hoffman is accused of killing was reportedly travelling in the same vehicle with him when an argument broke out between them. Phillips, who US authorities say co-owned a club with Hoffman, suffered gunshot wounds in the head.