Chinese Man Arrested After Wiping Out His Boss’ Entire Family In Houston
Man From China Arrested After Killing His Boss’ Entire Family Because He Was Rejected For A Promotion
A man accused of brutally executing an entire family outside of Houston eight years ago has finally been arrested, with authorities taking him into custody on Sunday just moments after he arrived in San Francisco from China.
Fang Lu, 58, now faces capital murder charges for allegedly massacring the Sun family—Maoye, 50, MeiXie, 49, Timothy, 9, and Titus, 7. All four were found dead in separate bedrooms with bullet holes in their heads on Jan. 30, 2014. While the massacre itself is heartbreaking, the alleged motive behind it is equally chilling.
Lu is suspected of wiping out the Sun family because he was mad that Maoye, his superior at work, did not recommend him for a promotion, said court documents obtained by the Houston Chronicle. Specifically, Lu told the feds in an interview that he wanted to transfer to work at another department within the oil and gas company Cameron International Corporation—now named Schlumberger—and asked for Maoye to put a good word in.
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Instead of making a recommendation, however, Lu speculated that Maoye said something derogatory about him. Not only was he not promoted, but he claimed his co-workers began treating him differently a day after he asked for the promotion.
Court documents say Lu told conflicting stories to authorities about a gun he’d purchased and later returned to the store without a barrel. That was enough to have a warrant issued, cops said, but it came after Lu had left the country.
Authorities say they’re now able to tie the massacre to Lu, after forensic technicians recovered DNA mixtures from a Coach purse from the crime scene that had Lu’s DNA on it.
Cops said the DNA match didn’t come until after Lu had already returned home to his native China, and detectives feared they’d never be able to make an arrest. That changed on Sunday, however, when the feds took Lu into custody just minutes after he landed in California.
The Chronicle reported that the killing had baffled friends and family for years. There was a $70,000 reward offered for anyone who provided useful information, as Houston’s Chinese community reeled in grief.
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