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Week in Review : MAJOR EVENTS, IMAGES AND PEOPLE IN ORANGE COUNTY : AT THE SCENE : Public Asked to Help Find Boy Sought in Slaying

<i> Times staff writers Ray Perez, Heidi Evans and Jeffrey A. Perlman compiled the Week in Review stories</i>

Police identified a 14-year-old Garden Grove boy, Sau Van Le, as the person, they say, who shot and killed a Vietnamese woman last month as she prayed at her bed during an attempted robbery, and they are asking for help in finding him.

Five young Vietnamese charged into the woman’s home May 5 intending to loot it, but Le actually killed the woman, police said.

Santa Ana police also announced the arrests of two other suspects, 17 and 20 years old, in the murder of 46-year-old Huyen Thi Hoang, the mother of 14 children. Two other juveniles were arrested May 28.

An arrest warrant has been issued by the Orange County Juvenile Court for Le, charging him with murder, residential armed robbery, armed robbery and burglary, police said.

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The teen-ager’s whereabouts are unknown, but officers said Le may still be in Orange County. They encouraged the Vietnamese community to continue its efforts to find him and said the arrests of the other suspects would have been impossible without refugee assistance.

The other four suspects are in custody and awaiting trial. They have been charged with murder, residential robbery and burglary in connection with the case, police said.

Four of Mrs. Hoang’s children and her 59-year-old husband, Trung Ngo, were forced to sit on the living room couch under the guard of two suspects, while the other three intruders began ransacking the house.

It was the slain woman’s nightly ritual to kneel at her bedside and pray, and it was there that Le is alleged to have shot her once in the upper body, and where she later died.

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Less than five minutes after charging into the home, the five intruders fled. The family had no more than $100 on hand, and the suspects took nothing, police said.

Anyone with information about Le and his whereabouts has been asked to call Santa Ana police investigators Ferrell Buckels and Irma Vasquez at (714) 834-4234 during working hours, or other officers at night or on weekends at (714) 834-4211.


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