Shoreview homicide victim IDed as South St. Paul man


Police are asking for the public's help in identifying this woman, who was seen using Melake's bank card at an ATM in Minneapolis hours after Melake was last seen alive.

Hagos Tsegay Melake

Police seek woman who used his bank card

The Minnesota Bureau of Criminal Apprehension has identified a man who was found shot dead in a parking lot in Shoreview Aug. 29 as 26-year-old Hagos Tsegay Melake.

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office deputies were dispatched to a business in the 5700 block of Hamline Avenue North in Shoreview at approximately 6:40 a.m. Aug. 29 after receiving a report of a man, later identified as Melake, who appeared to be sleeping in the parking lot. According to a Sept. 5 press release from the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office, investigators believe Melake, of South St. Paul, was last seen alive leaving the Hunan Garden Restaurant on Cedar Street in downtown St. Paul around 1:30 a.m., just hours before his body was found.

It is still unclear how Melake arrived in Shoreview or why.

Ramsey County Sheriff's Office spokesman Randy Gustafson said an unidentified woman who used one of Melake's bank cards about three hours after he was last seen alive is a person of interest in the case. According to the press release, the woman was photographed using the card at an ATM at a US Bank office on West Broadway in Minneapolis around 4:30 a.m.

Sheriff Matt Bostrom is asking anyone who had contact with Melake at the Hunan Garden Restaurant on the evening of Aug. 28, or anyone with information on his activities during the early morning hours of Aug. 29 to contact the Ramsey County Sheriff's Office at 651-266-7320. The Sheriff's Office is also asking anyone who can identify the woman shown in the ATM surveillance photographs to contact them at the same number.

There is a reward available through the Minnesota Crime Stoppers program for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Melake.

The shooting is under investigation by the Sheriff's Office with the assistance of the Minnesota BCA and the Ramsey County Medical Examiner's Office.

Joshua Nielsen can be reached at jnielsen@lillienews.com or 651-748-7824.   
 

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