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Tuesday, January 31, 2017

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Investigators Solve Several Recent Murders NR17036ma

Los Angeles: Los Angeles Police Department Homicide detectives have been working tirelessly to solve several recent murders in Los Angeles. The detectives have worked with our law enforcement partners and community members to identify and arrest these violent offenders.

Chinatown Double Homicide

On January 26, 2017 around 2:45 p.m.., the victims, Tony Young and Kim Kong Yun, were inside the Hop Sing Tong Benevolent Association. The suspect, Vinh Dao, a former member of the club, entered the location and demanded money from Young. When Young refused, Dao attacked him with a knife, killing him. When Kim Kong Yun intervened, he too was attacked by Dao and killed. Dao was identified just a short time later.
With the assistance of detectives from our Major Crimes Section, a bloodhound from our Gang and Narcotics Division, and members of the FBI Fugitive Task Force, Central Homicide detectives led the relentless pursuit of Dao.Due to the cooperation from the public, tenacity, and investigative skills of our detectives, we were able to capture Dao later in the City of Rosemead.

Northeast Mini-Mart Murder and Pacific Marijuana Dispensary Murder

On January 17 around 3:35 a.m., the suspect, Kayshon Moody, entered the Chevron gas station at Los Feliz Boulevard and Vermont Avenue posing as a customer. Following a brief interaction with the clerk, Moody pointed a handgun at the clerk, Md Mizanur Rahman, and shot the clerk for no apparent reason. Moody then reached over the counter and removed the cash drawer and fled to a white vehicle that was parked in the parking lot.
The victim, Md Mizanur Rahman, a Bangladesh native Foreign exchange student, was able to call 911 and was transported to a local hospital, where he succumbed to his injuries.

Northeast Homicide detectives obtained surveillance video from the Chevron. During the investigation, Northeast Homicide detectives met with Robbery Detectives from the Glendale Police Department to discuss potential similarities between the Northeast Murder and a Robbery in the City of Glendale.

The collaborative efforts of Northeast Homicide detectives and Glendale detectives and their forensic examination of the evidence collected from both crime scenes resulted in the identification of the suspect. Moody was located and arrested on January 20, 2017. On January 24, 2017, the District Attorney's Office filed 1 (ct) 187(a)PC-Murder and 2 (cts) 211PC -Robbery

During the investigation of the Northeast murder, Moody was also linked to a murder and robbery at a marijuana dispensary in the 12400 block of Venice Blvd in Pacific Division on January 18th . In that case, the owner of the business was shot multiple times during the robbery and died as a result of those gunshot wounds
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Murder of Sister-in-Law

On January 8th. around 3:15 a.m., the suspect, 32-year-old Marcos Flores, went to a residence in the 17500 block of Gilmore Street in Van Nuys where his wife was living with her sister. The suspect was angry over recent court orders related to his children. At the residence he shot the victim, 36-year-old Sulma Flores, in the chest. A teen daughter was present at the time of the shooting.

The suspect fled in 2004 Acura TL, light grey. On January 9th around 11:30 p.m., Metropolitan Division saw the suspect's vehicle in the area of 6800 Reseda. Suspect attempted to flee and a pursuit ensued. During the pursuit there was an officer-involved-shooting and the suspect was ultimately taken into custody. The District Attorney initially filed attempt murder, ADW, criminal threats, evading, discharge of a firearm with gross negligence, and felon with a firearm; however after the victim died the District Attorney amended the charge to murder.


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