A Minneapolis couple is under arrest for the murder of 43-year-old Michael Chang Beom Lee in his home, reports Oxygen.
Police responded after an urgent call from a man yelling “Help me” and “They are trying to get into my house.” Officers found a glass backdoor shattered and observed bloody footprints on the carpet. They entered and discovered Lee dead in his basement.
Two neighbors told Inver Grove Heights police they saw a dark-colored, older SUV drive away right before officers arrived, the Pioneer Press reports. Officers stopped a Toyota SUV matching the description. A criminal complaint obtained by the Pioneer Press says police found 25-year-old Fotini West in the SUV with cuts on her hands and blood on her chest and hands. West told officers a man assaulted her when she tried to leave the house.
The complaint also says 25-year-old Logan Slack, who was also in the Toyota, told police he dropped off West at the home to give someone an erotic massage. Slack reportedly went on to say when the customer refused to pay and after West told him he also assaulted her, he went in with a revolver shooting Lee in the back.
Slack and West each face two counts of second-degree murder and are being held on $1 million dollar bail without conditions, according to KARE11. In addition, Slack is being held on $700,000 bail with conditions and West $300,000 with conditions.
“I wish to commend the Inver Grove Heights Police Department for their quick apprehension of those involved in this senseless murder. My deepest sympathy is extended to the family and friends of Mr. Lee for their great loss,” Attorney Kathryn Keena said in a statement.
A Go Fund Me campaign has raised $22,000 for Lee’s family, a wife and his two-year-old son.
“He was charming, friendly, and funny,” wrote Lee’s brother-in-law, Kevin Xiong. “He loved to play volleyball and was known for his positive attitude on and off the court. He made the best kimchi. He always made an effort to talk to you and make you laugh. His crinkle-eye-smile could brighten anyone’s day.”
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