Hungarian police have released images of the moment a glamorous Canadian influencer and her Slovakian boyfriend were arrested after three months on the run.
Yun ‘Lucy’ Lu Li, 25, and her boyfriend, Oliver Karafa, 28, were apprehended in Budapest on Saturday, wanted on charges of murder over the fatal February shooting of Tyler Pratt, 38, in Ontario, Canada.
The couple – dubbed the ‘millennial Bonnie and Clyde’ – were additionally wanted on charges of attempted murder, after they were also accused of trying to kill Pratt’s 26-year-old girlfriend. She was pregnant at the time of the February shooting and lost her unborn baby in the gunfire.
It’s believed Li and Karafa both knew Pratt, with his alleged murder occurring during a ‘business meeting’.
One dramatic arrest photo shows Li – who is the daughter of a wealthy and politically connected Canadian businesswoman – being placed into handcuffs by two female officers.
She was dressed in a chic white top, a miniskirt and Nike sneakers when she was nabbed by the police. It appears she made no attempt to conceal her identity in Hungary after fleeing from Canada.
Yun ‘Lucy’ Lu Li (pictured) and her boyfriend, Oliver Karafa, 28, were apprehended in Budapest on Saturday, wanted on charges of murder over the fatal February shooting of Tyler Pratt, 38, in Ontario, Canada
Karafa (pictured) is a native of Slovakia and is fighting extradition to Canada, where he was living before February’s shooting
Meanwhile, two male officers apprehended her boyfriend, Karafa, who kept this head down as he was taken into custody.
The Toronto Sun reported that at a hearing in Hungary on Wednesday, Li ‘consented to her extradition with the application of the principle of specialty, according to which… Canadian authorities may only prosecute her for the charges stated in the extradition request.’
Li is reported to have close connections to members of Canada’s Liberal Party.
Her boyfriend, Karafa, is a native of Slovakia and will fight extradition back to Canada.
During the hearing new details about the murder mystery emerged as Karafa was accused of firing the fatal bullet in Pratt’s death.
Yun ‘Lucy’ Lu Li, 25, and her boyfriend, Oliver Karafa, 28, were both apprehended in Budapest on Saturday, wanted on charges of murder over the fatal February shooting of Tyler Pratt, 38, in Ontario, Canada
The pair are accused of killing Tyler Pratt, 39, during a ‘business meeting’
Li is reported to be from a wealthy family with ties to Canada’s Liberal Party
On February 28, just after 7.15pm, police in Hamilton, a city in Ontario, Canada, responded to a shooting that occurred in an industrial park in Stoney Creek.
Pratt, a father-of-three, was pronounced dead at the scene. His girlfriend was hospitalized with serious injuries.
Investigators soon identified Karafa and Li as the people responsible for the shooting, although they would not say what led them to that conclusion.
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, Hamilton Police Det.-Sgt. Jim Callender told CBC.ca.
The Hamilton Police Service recognized the efforts of the Hungarian Fugitive Active Search Team in making the arrests.
Li’s mother, Hong Wei ‘Winnie’ Liao, is president of the Toronto-based asset management firm Respon International Group with extensive political connections.
She has been photographed shaking hands with Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and posing with Ontario Premier Doug Ford.
Li is one of a set of triplets. She and her sisters have built a following for themselves on social media by posing in matching dresses and skimpy swimsuits.
‘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. He was sentenced to five years in prison, CTV reported.
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. Chang died at the scene.
Li (left) is one of a set of triplets. She and her sisters have built a following for themselves on social media by posing in matching dresses and skimpy swimsuits.