LBPD Arrests Suspect With Alleged Ties To Cambodian Gang In Connection With March '03 Murder Of Cambodian Victim, Bixby Rd/Cherry Ave.
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(February 17, 2004) -- LBPD says its Homicide Detectives have arrested a man alleged to have ties to a LB area Cambodian gang in connection with the March 24, 2003 murder of Lyna Heang, 20, in the area of Bixby Road and Cherry Avenue.
|At roughly 9:30 p.m. on February 16, 2004, Hongda Phanniphon, 27, was arrested at his residence in the 5700 block of Cherry Ave.
In a written release, LBPD says its Narcotics Detectives, working with the Homicide Detail, located the suspect at this location, and he was arrested and booked for murder.
LBPD says suspect Phanniphon has ties to a Cambodian gang in the LB area..."and Detectives are actively investigating this case and ask the public to continue to come forward with information that will help in making further arrests."
The murder of Mr. Heang was one of several involving Cambodian victims on which LBPD previously said it was working. In a February 11 written release, reported by LBReport.com, LBPD said its Homicide Detectives are also working the following cases:
ASSAULT WITH A DEADLY WEAPON: On December 4, 2003 at 9:00 p.m., an unknown suspect fired multiple rounds from an unknown type firearm at an occupied residence in the 1300 block of Olive Avenue. Although nobody was injured, it was later learned that the occupants of the house were Cambodian.
MURDER: On December 19, 2003, at 9:20 p.m., an 18-year-old Daniel Chantha was shot and killed in the backyard of a relative’s residence by an unknown suspect.
MURDER: On December 31, 2003, at approximately 2:48 p.m., 20-year-old Woodtee Bunthung was shot and killed while driving his vehicle in the 1500 block of East 14th Street.
MURDER: On January 4, 2004, at approximately 11:57 p.m., 22-year-old Sakorn Phan was found in his car with multiple gunshot wounds to his upper torso. Victim Phan later died at a local hospital.
In its Feb. 11 release, LBPD said it had "obtained witness reports of male Asian and male Black subjects in the area of some of the recent LB murders involving Cambodian victims...just before and after the crimes were committed."
Anyone with information regarding any of these crimes is asked to call Long Beach Police Department Homicide Detectives Steven Smith or Scott Lasch at (562) 570-7244.
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