A couple was arrested in Minnesota in connection with the fatal shooting of a man in his home following a dispute over an erotic massage, police said in a criminal complaint.
Michael Chang-Beom Lee, 43, was found dead in his St. Paul residence on Sept. 24. An autopsy determined his death was a homicide caused by a fatal gunshot his torso, KSTP reported.
Around 2 a.m. the day of the shooting, an emergency dispatcher received a call from Lee’s residence and heard a male shouting “help me” and “they are trying to get into my house,” according to the complaint obtained by the publication.
Witnesses said that moments before police showed up at the scene, a dark SUV drove off. Officers later located the vehicle and executed a traffic stop.
The criminal complaint states Slack and West, who was bloody, were in the vehicle and West told an officer she was the victim of an assault.
According to the complaint, during a police interview, West’s boyfriend, Slack, told investigators he dropped West off at the victim’s residence for an erotic massage.
Authorities alleged West said Lee refused to pay her and assaulted her.
The criminal complaint states Slack armed himself with a gun, broke into Lee’s home and fatally shot him in the back in a basement bathroom, where he was attempting to hide.
Police said they recovered a revolver from the vehicle.
Slack and West were being held at the Dakota County Jail on $1,000,000 bail each.
They face up to 40 years in prison if convicted of the charges against them.