In brief: New York police say man admitted to killing cousin’s wife, four kids
NEW YORK – A Chinese immigrant who neighbors said struggled to survive in America was arrested Sunday on five counts of murder in the stabbing deaths of his cousin’s wife and her four children in their Brooklyn home using a butcher knife.
The suspect, 25-year-old Mingdong Chen, implicated himself in the killings late Saturday in the Sunset Park neighborhood, police said.
“Two girls, 9-year-old Linda Zhuo and 7-year-old Amy Zhuo, were pronounced dead at the scene, along with the youngest child, 1-year-old William Zhuo. Their brother, 5-year-old Kevin Zhuo, and 37-year-old mother, Qiao Zhen Li, were taken to hospitals, where they were also pronounced dead.
Chen is a cousin of the children’s father and had been staying at the home for the past week or so, Chief of Department Philip Banks III said.
Chen came to the United States from China in 2004, the chief said, but neighbors say he could never hold down a job.
“He made a very soft comment that since he came to this country, everybody seems to be doing better than him,” the chief said. “We’re not really sure what that means.”
Dogs may have sparked killing spree
PHOENIX – Authorities released details Sunday from a weekend shooting attack that left four family members and two dogs dead at a central Phoenix townhouse before the gunman turned the weapon on himself.
Michael Guzzo, 56, killed his next-door neighbors in a deadly confrontation Saturday that may have been touched off by loud barking, police said.
Phoenix police Sgt. Tommy Thompson said there is “some indication that perhaps that was a problem.” But he added that because of the deaths, a motive may never be known.
The victims have been identified as Bruce Moore, 66; his daughter, Renee Moore, 36; her husband, who took his wife’s name, Michael Moore, 42; and Renee’s son, Shannon Moore, 17.
After the killings, Guzzo shot at another townhouse before returning to his unit and killing himself, police said.
Police said they found a pump shotgun, apparently the weapon used in the killings, next to his body.
Man who shot police had ‘cop killer’ tattoo
ALBQUERQUE, N.M. – A man who wounded four Albuquerque law enforcement officers during a high-speed chase through the city had a tattoo labeled “cop killer,” authorities said Sunday.
Albuquerque police Chief Allen Banks identified the gunman as 35-year-old Christopher Chase, who died after crashing a stolen police car Saturday at a gasoline station.
Albuquerque television station KOAT reported that Chase was armed with an assault-style rifle.
Three Albuquerque police officers and a Bernalillo County sheriff’s deputy were wounded during the shooting spree. Police declined to identify the three officers or to provide many details of their injuries, but one remains hospitalized.
Banks said Chase stole a police car after an officer took cover after coming under fire.
Leader in Green Beret Affair dies at 87
OWLS HEAD, Maine – An Army colonel in the Vietnam War who was accused of killing a double agent in what became known as the Green Beret Affair has died. Robert Rheault was 87.
Susan St. John said her husband died of natural causes Oct. 16 at his Owls Head, Maine, home.
The Boston-born Rheault served 26 years in the Army.
While commander of the Green Berets in 1969, he and seven of his men were arrested by the U.S. military, accused of killing a Vietnamese double agent. After the charges were dropped, a photo of Rheault appeared on the cover of Life magazine.
Rheault retired from the military that year.
He founded the Outward Bound Program for Vietnam Vets suffering from post-traumatic stress syndrome.