Gun and pill bottle leads investigators to double-murder suspect in Minneapolis

"As they were going through things, a .40 caliber handgun fell out of a bag.”

Edgar Linares
February 14, 2019 - 6:14 pm

Courtesy of Hennepin County

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The man suspected of killing a mother and daughter in a St. Anthony Main apartment building is now facing two charges of second-degree murder.

Richie Lee Vessel, 46, lived right across the hall from Eileen Mark, 67. Mark and her daughter Jennifer Angerhofer, 42, where found shot and killed Saturday night on the fourth floor of the apartment.

“Interestingly enough, a number of other witnesses heard noise, loud music, arguing… and gun shots,” said Hennepin County Attorney Mike Freeman. “Mr. Vessel, when he was first questioned… denied hearing anything.”

The medical examiner said Mark was shot in the upper right area of her chest with a .40 caliber handgun and Angerhofer in the lower part of her face. The criminal complaint said Minneapolis police found blood-like spots in Vessel’s apartment on the walls, a light switch near the front door, and clothing, but no gun.

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“One of the police officers said ‘well I live in an apartment, they pick up our trash. Let’s see if there’s anything in the trash’,” described Freeman. “They got to the dumpster before the trash people did. As they were going through things, a .40 caliber handgun fell out of a bag.”

Also in the white plastic bag - a prescription bottle with Vessel’s name and address confirmed the police's suspicions.

The criminal complaint said Vessel had previously shown another resident a handgun and threatened to kill someone in the apartment building.