Police arrest Cal State Fullerton employee, Chuyen Vo, over murder of retired co-worker, Steven Chan, who was found stabbed to death with a bomb under his car on Monday – ending two-day manhunt
Retired college budget director, Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, was found stabbed to death on Monday, the first day of the semester, inside a car in a campus parking lot
Police arrested a suspect who they believe killed the retired California State University, Fullerton, administrator Monday, ending a two-day manhunt
The suspect, 51-year-old Chuyen Vo, police say was the victim’s coworker
A backpack, which is believed to belong Vo, was found underneath the victim’s car with a bomb, knife and kidnapping items including zip ties and wigs
Police said that the backpack played a ‘significant’ role that led to Vo’s arrest
Investigators say it was a targeted attack, but are trying to determine a motive
Chuyen Vo, 51, was arrested at his home in Huntington Beach, California around 10.15pm Wednesday, accused of stabbing to death former colleague, 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan, on Monday morning.
Police say the men were coworkers and are now investigating a possible motive.
Chan was found inside his silver Infiniti around 8.30am Monday bleeding from the head and with stab wounds throughout his body on the first day of the semester in what police said was a targeted attack.
Vo’s arrest ends a two-day manhunt for the suspected killer.
Authorities found a backpack under Chan’s car, believed to belong to Vo, containing a bomb, knife-like weapon and items used in a kidnapping including zip ties, wigs and other disguise materials.
Police said that the backpack played a ‘significant’ role in the investigation that led to Vo’s arrest.
‘We are confident that the backpack did belong to the suspect,’ Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said during a press conference Thursday.
The suspect was originally described as an Asian man in his mid-20s, who was last seen on surveillance footage. The video shows the man fleeing the scene on foot wearing a black cap, black windbreaker and black pants.
Investigators believe Vo was injured during the attack and may have lacerations on one or both of his hands.
He was later seen leaving a nearby parking lot in a black new model BMW X6 with dark tinted windows and black wheels.
Investigators believe Chan was specifically targeted in the attack but have not identified a motive.
He was the former director of CSUF Budget and Finance department before retiring and then working for the university as consultant.
Efforts to save him failed and Chan, of Hacienda Heights, died at the scene.
Radus said of the bomb found in the backpack: ‘It was basically like a bottle with flammable liquid and a potential igniter’ but it had not been set off.
Investigators said they were also not aware of any previous threats made to the former administrator.
From 2009 to 2017, Chan was the university’s director of budget and finance and student services for university extended education, the university said.
He returned to campus as a special consultant in early 2019 ‘to provide his sage guidance and wisdom,’ university President Fram Virjee said in a statement.
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