Wealthy Canadian influencer and her boyfriend who killed man and shot his pregnant girlfriend causing her to lose her baby have been arrested in Budapest after three-month manhunt
Yun ‘Lucy’ Lu Li, 25, and her boyfriend Oliver Karafa, 28, were arrested in Budapest by Hungarian police on Saturday
Karafa and Li face first-degree murder and attempted murder charges for February shooting in Hamilton, Canada, that killed Tyler Pratt, 39
Pratt’s 26-year-old pregnant fiancée was hit by gunfire and lost her unborn baby on Feb 28
Police said suspects and victims knew each other, but would not say how
Karafa and Li allegedly fled to Eastern Europe within 24 hours of the shooting, traveling through several countries including Karafa’s native Slovakia and the Czech Republic
Li’s mother, Hong Wei ‘Winnie’ Liao, is the wealthy president and politically connected president of the Toronto-based asset management firm Respon International Group
Karafa served five years in prison for causing a fatal DUI crash in 2012
A wealthy Canadian influencer and her boyfriend killed a man and shot his girlfriend – causing her to lose her unborn baby – before fleeing to Budapest, police say.
Police in Hamilton, Ontario, announced on Monday that Oliver Karafa, 28, and Yun ‘Lucy’ Lu Li, 25, were apprehended in Budapest by Hungarian police on Saturday.
The pair were wanted on charges of murder and attempted murder for the February 2020 shooting death of Tyler Pratt, 39, in Hamilton. Pratt’s 26-year-old girlfriend, who was pregnant at the time, was also hit by gunfire and was said to have lost her unborn baby.
Police have not revealed a motive behind the attack but said the suspects and victims knew each other. It is unclear which of the two is accused of firing the fatal shot.
Hamilton Police Service responding to a shooting that occurred in an industrial park on Arvin Avenue in Stoney Creek, just after 7.15pm, on February 28, found Pratt, a father-of-three, dead at the scene. His pregnant girlfriend was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Hamilton Police Det.-Sgt. Jim Callender told CBC.ca that Investigators soon identified Karafa and Li as the people responsible for the shooting, although they would not say what led them to that conclusion. However, Canadian police learned that the couple fled to Eastern Europe within 24 hours of the incident, traveling through several countries, including Karafa’s native Slovakia and the Czech Republic, before arriving in Budapest.
Arrested by Hungarian Fugitive Active Search Team, Karafa and Li are now awaiting extradition back to Canada to face charges of first-degree murder and attempted murder.
Li’s mother, Hong Wei ‘Winnie’ Liao, is president of the Toronto-based asset management firm Respon International Group with extensive political connections.
Winnie Liao has reportedly organized high-profile fundraising events, and is featured in photos with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford on the company’s website.
Li is one of a set of triplets, whose mother is a politically connected head of a Toronto-based asset management firm. Li and her two sisters, one of who is a beauty queen, were said to be Instagram influencers. She and her sisters have built a following for themselves on social media by posing in matching dresses and skimpy swimsuits.
Her ex-con boyfriend Karafa, a Slovakian native living in Toronto, has a past criminal record and served five years in prison for causing a fatal DUI crash nearly a decade ago.
‘We are deeply shocked, disturbed and puzzled by Lucy’s involvement in the unfortunate incident,’ the family said in a statement to a Chinese news outlet, which was translated by The National Post.
In 2014, Karafa was found guilty of impaired driving causing death; driving while over legal limit of alcohol; criminal negligence cause death and dangerous operation of a motor vehicle cause death, and was sentenced to five years in prison,.
The conviction stemmed from an April 2012 crash, in which Karafa got behind the wheel drunk and was driving at twice the speed limit when he crashed his car, causing his passenger, 19-year-old David Chiang, to be ejected from the vehicle and smash head first into a pole. The victim died at the scene.