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    LBPD Actively Investigating Recent Cambodian Murders And Asks: Did You See This?


    (February 11, 2004) -- LBPD Homicide Detectives have 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.

    In a direct and specific appeal to the public, LBPD is asking anyone with information that would allow detectives to identify these male Asian and male Black subjects and determine their possible involvement to come forward.

    In a written release, LBPD says the cases being investigated are as follows:

    1) MURDER: On March 24, 2003 at 12:45 p.m., 20-year-old Lyna Heang and a 21-year-old Cambodian man were shot in their car in the area of Bixby Road and Cherry Avenue. Victim Heang died as a result of the gunshots, and the 21-year-old victim was treated for his injuries at a local hospital. An 18-year-old Cambodian man was also in the vehicle, but was not injured.

    2) 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.

    3) 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 relativeís residence by an unknown suspect.

    4) 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.

    5) 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.

    LBPD says its detectives believe there are still witnesses who have not come forward and they are asking for the publicís help in providing information that might lead to arrests.

    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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