Tien Truong Nguyen, 37, was once charged Tuesday in third District Court in two separate instances. In one case he is accused of first-degree criminal irritated homicide and irritated theft within the 2007 slaying of 36-year-old Tri Xuan Phan.
In the opposite case, Nguyen is accused of irritated attack, a third-degree criminal, for the bowling alley incident.
On Jan. 10, 2007, police discovered Phan’s “severely beaten” frame at the ground close to the again door of his pool corridor, Vui Vui Billiards at 1829 W. 3500 South in West Valley City, fees say. Phan’s wallet have been became out and his Rolex watch was once lacking.
Police additionally discovered a bloody steel pole and a bloody barstool out of doors of the development, cleansing agent and swipe marks at the ground and a bloody glove and rag within the sink.
Phan’s post-mortem famous that he’d suffered “several stab wounds” to his neck and “numerous” abrasions, cuts and trauma to his head and face. His cranium was once “severely” fractured, and his proper forearm had additionally been fractured. Phan had additionally been stabbed in his left buttock and had a “large” laceration on his left elbow. Additionally, he had “patterned injuries” to his chest, shoulder and head in keeping with the steel pole discovered on the scene.
At the time, police discovered a latent fingerprint within the blood at the barstool and entered it into a database, however discovered no fit.
The case went cold, however on July 24, 2015, Nguyen went to Valley Bowling Lanes, at 3951 W. 5400 South in Taylorsville, fees state.
Because of the Pioneer Day vacation, the bowling alley was once final early, and an worker became away Nguyen and others who arrived with him about 20 mins prior to final time.
Nguyen was once dissatisfied, fees state. He “verbally threatened” the worker who became him away, and any other bowling alley worker informed him to go away, fees state. Nguyen left the development however returned “a few moments later” wearing a “large” sword.
“He was holding it up in a threatening manner as he aggressively walked toward the employee counter, frightening other patron[s] and employees,” fees state. Nguyen’s buddies grabbed him and “removed him” from the industry, and police later arrested him as he was once making an attempt to go away.
In an interview with police after that incident, he admitted that he’d been dissatisfied and retrieved the sword from his SUV prior to returning to the bowling alley.
Because of that incident, police entered Nguyen’s prints into the fingerprint database, and on April 22, 2016, police matched his proper thumb print to the 2007 murder scene, permitting them to reopen the murder case.
In an interview with police previous this month, officials famous that Nguyen gave “several conflicting and inconsistent statements,” in accordance to fees. Nguyen informed police he have been at Phan’s pool corridor in 2011 when a combat broke out between him, Phan and any other guy.
The combat was once about cash — particularly playing winnings, Nguyen informed police, and he stated he fled from the combat however returned a few hours later to blank up. He informed police that Phan have been alive when he returned to the pool corridor, and that Phan grabbed Nguyen’s legs and requested for lend a hand.
Nguyen informed police that he had to combat to unfastened himself from Phan, and that Phan then stopped shifting and respiring. Nguyen tried to blank up the scene, he informed police, and took cash that he stated have been taken from him all through the preliminary altercation.
Nguyen’s spouse informed police that on that night time, Nguyen returned house between 11 p.m. and 1 a.m. with “scratches all over” his hands and was once wearing a bag of cash. Nguyen informed her that he’d gotten into a combat with the landlord of the pool corridor so as to “get his money back,” fees say.
Nguyen informed his spouse that he’d forgotten one thing on the pool corridor, and the 2 drove there in combination. The spouse waited within the automobile whilst Nguyen went inside of, she informed police.
When Nguyen returned, he informed her that Phan was once useless. She informed him to name 911 however he refused, the lady informed police.
Police arrested Nguyen on Thursday and booked him into the Salt Lake County prison, the place he is being held with out bail.
Salt Lake County District Attorney Sim Gill counseled the efforts of regulation enforcement officials who labored to clear up the cold case.
“When [cold cases] are unsolved, they leave an empty hole, a lack of justice to our community,” Gill stated Tuesday, including that it’s as a result of the officials’ diligence that fees have after all been filed.