Mountain View suspect caught in SJ

August 28, 2008 10:23:06 PM PDT
A tip has led police to a murder suspect as she was attempting to leave the state.

Mountain View police announced the arrest of a suspect this morning who was wanted for allegedly being involved in the June 28 double murder of a brother and sister.

Detectives received a tip that Kim Thien Pham would be attempting to flee the state following media coverage Wednesday of four other arrests in the case, Mountain View police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said.

Officers arrested her as she attempted to take a flight out of Norman Y. Mineta San Jose International Airport around 10 a.m. today.

She has been booked into Santa Clara County jail for two counts of murder and one count of conspiracy to commit murder.

Maria Teresa Sanchez-Aquino, 27, and her brother Omar Aquino, 24, were found shot to death the morning of June 28 in their Plymouth Street home, Mountain View police Sgt. Ken Leal said.

On Aug. 21, three suspects were arrested in the case, Leal said. Fremont police detectives arrested Nicory Marquis Spann, 18, and Victoria Frances Thompson, 20, was arrested in Morgan Hill on a warrant. A 15-year-old girl was also arrested.

A fourth suspect, Michael David Adams, 20, was taken into custody at the Valley Fair Mall in San Jose on Friday.

Two other suspects remain at large: 20-year-old Kenneth Ivory Thomas of Campbell and a 17-year-old girl whose name has not been released. They are considered armed and dangerous, because the handgun used in the murders has yet to be located.

Leal said his detectives still don't know which of the suspects fired the shots that killed the siblings. He also would not confirm whether all seven suspects were at the home at the time of the shooting.

Of the seven suspects, only two are not charged with murder, Leal said. Thompson and the 17-year-old girl are both facing charges of conspiracy to commit murder.

The other five are charged with two counts of murder and conspiracy to commit murder.

Police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said it appears Sanchez-Aquino made a 911 call on June 28 that was answered by a California Highway Patrol dispatcher at 3:54 a.m. The call, reporting a break-in, was dropped before it was connected to Mountain View police.

Dispatchers and officers, who had the Sanchez' phone number but not their address, were still investigating the call when they received reports of shots fired in the 1900 block of Plymouth Street at 4:53 a.m.

Responding officers found Sanchez-Aquino and Aquino dead of gunshot wounds inside the home, Wylie said.

Sanchez's 8-year-old son was found unharmed and asleep in another room of the home. He is now being cared for by relatives.

Leal said police believe one of the motives for entering the home was robbery.

Police are also investigating the possibility that there are drug or gang aspects to the crime. Leal said no drugs or drug paraphernalia were found.

The suspects appear to have been acquaintances of Aquino but police are not releasing details on the relationship, Leal said.

The investigation is ongoing, and a Santa Clara County judge has sealed many of the documents in the case so little information is available to the public, Wylie said.


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