A person accused of killing his co-worker’s household inside their Texas dwelling greater than eight years in the past was arrested over the weekend after arriving at San Francisco’s airport from China, officers stated.
Feng Lu, 58, was charged Sunday with capital homicide within the deaths of the co-worker, Maoye Solar, 50; the person’s spouse, Mei Xie, 49; and their two youngsters, Timothy, 9, and Titus, 7, the Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace stated Tuesday.
The household was discovered lifeless of their dwelling within the 14000 block of Fosters Creek Drive in Cypress, Texas, on Jan. 30, 2014, every shot within the head, police stated.
After years of questions and few solutions, authorities have lastly named Lu because the assailant who stormed the Solar household’s dwelling, apparently bitter following a office dispute, primarily based on interviews and DNA proof.
On Sunday, Lu was taken into custody by the San Francisco Police Division, U.S. Customs and Border Safety and Homeland Safety Investigations.
New chilling particulars of the slayings that shook the quiet suburb have come to mild with Lu’s arrest.
Deputies arrived on the household’s dwelling on Jan. 30, 2014, after receiving a name a few welfare test, in line with the prison criticism filed in Harris County District Court docket. The caller stated that they had not seen Solar in 4 days and he had not proven up for work. Authorities found the rear door to the kitchen open with a foul odor coming from inside.
Inside, officers discovered the 4 members of the family in separate rooms. Authorities consider they had been killed on or about Jan. 25, 2014.
Maoye and his spouse died by gunshot wounds to the pinnacle, whereas Titus was shot within the head and neck and Timothy within the head and torso, in line with the prison criticism.
Their deaths had been dominated homicides.
Deputies discovered the spouse’s purse mendacity on the ground of the laundry room with a number of of its gadgets scattered, which was submitted for forensic proof.
Inconsistencies result in a break within the case
The criticism doesn’t spell out when authorities began zeroing in on Lu, however the FBI interviewed him in some unspecified time in the future.
In that interview, Lu claimed he had by no means been to the Solar residence, denied figuring out the opposite members of the family apart from Maoye and supplied up a pattern of his saliva, the criticism stated.
Lu instructed the FBI about an incident at his office, Cameron Worldwide, during which he requested Solar to offer a suggestion so Lu might be transferred to the analysis and improvement division.
He instructed brokers “he heard” that Solar had not supplied the advice. He stated he known as him at work within the spring of 2013 to ask why he didn’t ship the advice, however the sufferer responded he had, in line with the criticism.
When Lu went to work the subsequent day, he stated he was “handled in a different way” by his co-workers and believed Solar made “derogatory feedback about him to fellow co-workers” following that telephone name, which often is the cause he didn’t get the promotion, the criticism stated.
He additionally instructed the FBI that he had bought a handgun someday throughout January 2014 from a gun retailer and returned it a number of weeks later.
Investigators decided he bought a Glock 9mm handgun on Jan. 23, 2014 — two days earlier than the killings — and returned it on Feb 4, 2014, with out the barrel.
Investigators decided the bullets used within the capturing had been in step with the bullets used with the gun he bought.
Much like what he instructed the FBI, Lu instructed sheriff’s workplace investigators he did not know the place the Solar household lived till information protection of their deaths.
Authorities additionally interviewed Lu’s spouse. She confirmed there was a office disagreement, including that Solar allegedly did not agree along with her husband’s pursuit of a promotion, offiicals stated.
The sheriff’s workplace stated that there have been inconsistencies in her model and Lu’s variations of what occurred.
Bodily proof from the scene was additionally analyzed for mixtures of DNA. On Jan. 11, officers reviewed a report that discovered a mix of Lu’s DNA and that of Solar’s spouse on her purse, contradicting his declare that he didn’t know her or the place the household lived.
It was not clear Thursday why there was a spot between that discovery in January and Lu’s arrest on Sunday.
He’s being held on the San Mateo County Jail pending extradition to Texas.
The Harris County Sheriff’s Workplace stated the investigation stays ongoing.