Suburban Home Invasion Leaves Businessman Fatally Stabbed

Suburban Home Invasion Leaves Businessman Fatally Stabbed

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    A tad old, but it rather caught my eye as I lived in Upper Darby when I was stationed in Philadelphia, many years ago.

    Suburban Home Invasion Leaves Businessman Fatally Stabbed
    Wife, Adult Children Terrorized But Unharmed, Police Say
    Last Edited: Friday, 09 Jan 2009, 6:45 PM EST
    Created: Friday, 09 Jan 2009, 10:17 AM EST


    MONTGOMERY TOWNSHIP, Pa. -- Police in an upscale Montgomery County town have a pre-dawn murder investigation on their hands.

    Detectives believe a home invasion in the North Wales section of Montgomery Township turned deadly and ended with the stabbing death of one person.

    The early-morning home invasion robbery on the 100 block of Gwynmont Drive resulted in the death of a Center City businessman, Fox 29's Claudia Gomez reported.

    The man and his wife were leaving for work sometime between 5 and 6 a.m. Friday when the home invaders struck, police said.

    They waited for the couple to open the garage door and ran inside with guns, a knife and duct tape.

    The couple's two adult children were home and asleep at the time. The three intruders rounded everyone up and took them to the basement, where police said they were later found bound with duct tape.

    Investigators said the businessman, identified as 58-year-old Jum Sig "Robert" Chae, was also bound and, for some reason, stabbed by the intruders.

    His wife was forced to lead the trio to a safe in the home and open it. Soon after, she escaped and ran to a neighbor's house to call 911. But it was too late to save her husband, a family man who worked six days a week.

    "That was his life -- church and family and going to work, that's all," said Adam Kim, a longtime friend of the victim.

    The intruders -- described by police only as three black men -- got away with an unspecified amount of cash. They were said to be driving a dark-colored SUV

    Authorities said the family appeared to be specifically targeted.

    "Indications seem to be that this house was cased or these people were cased or something along those lines because for three people to randomly be at this suburban neighborhood when a garage door opens is very unlikely," said Kevin Steele, of the Montgomery County District Attorney's Office.

    Chae and his wife own a beauty supply store in Center City. Sources said police are scanning the store's surveillance video for any possible leads. Investigators are looking into whether the killers may have followed them home.

    One area resident said she saw what may have been the attackers' vehicle two days before the murder.

    "I just saw a black vehicle parked at the stop sign down there. You don't usually see cars parked there. I thought it was a little unusual," the resident said.

    Police said they're hoping anyone who anything suspicious in the area of the family's store or the killing will call them right away.
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    Home invasions spark action - The Delaware County Daily Times : Serving Delaware County, PA(DelcoTimes.com)

    Home invasions spark action

    Friday, January 16, 2009 10:44 AM EST
    By Rose Quinn, rquinn@delcotimes.com

    MARPLE — Using 15 incidents of violent crime against Asian-American business owners and their families in the tri-county area, law enforcers have been able to chart the bad guys’ methods, their weapons of choice, what they’re looking for and how they’re picking their targets.

    Thanks to a Pennsylvania State Police analysis expert, they’ve also narrowed what days of the week and the time of day the crimes — armed robbery, burglary, home invasion and murder — are most likely to happen.

    Speaking at an outreach forum Thursday coordinated by his office and state police, Delaware County District Attorney G. Michael Green joined local, state and federal law enforcers who hope sharing potentially life-saving information might help put an end to the violence, as well as some cultural stereotyping.

    “This is outrageous behavior,” Green said of those targeting hardworking people, in part, because of their ethnic origin. “All of us recognize that as a factor in these cases and that is why we are here today.”

    State police Capt. David Young explained during a PowerPoint presentation at Delaware County Community College that, on paper, there have been five incidents of crime in Delaware County — one each in Middletown, Collingdale, Upper Darby and two in Marple since November. There have been nine robberies in Philadelphia County and one in Montgomery County.

    “I’m sure there’s others,” he said of unreported victims, encouraging even the most private of persons to come forward in order to help avoid future crimes.

    “There are no guarantees in life ... This is great advice we are going to give you,” Young said. “We are taking this very seriously and we need the community to know that.”

    A week ago today, Robert Chae, the owner of a beauty-supply company in Philadelphia, was found dead in the garage of his North Wales, Montgomery County, home. He was stabbed and bound by duct tape. No charges have been filed.

    In that case, Chae and his wife were preparing to leave for work. Three black males burst through a garage door at the home, as it was being opened between 5 and 6 a.m.

    Among some established patterns, according to Young, are armed suspects confronting victims as they enter or exit their homes or vehicles.

    Young said victims have also been followed as they leave their business, and some suspects have even called ahead for closing times.

    Those who think they are being stalked should call the police.

    “We can lock up for stalking,” reminded Young.

    Victims could be singled out because of the car they drive, like a high-end Mercedes-Benz, noted Young. But some victims have been owners of an Acura or a Subaru.

    In 12 of the 15 cases, a handgun was used. Authorities have recovered two weapons, a 40-caliber handgun and a .22-caliber revolver.

    All incidents involved physical force.

    In addition to cash and jewelry, the assailants took a television, credit cards, house and vehicle keys, handbags and fur coats. Many items have been recovered.

    If Asian-Americans are considered easy marks among criminals because they do not use banks, carry cash and don’t fight back as suggested by one suspect, Young said it might be time for those in the community to rethink some behavior patterns.

    “Perception is a reality,” said Young. “If you are a criminal, that’s a pretty easy way to make money.”

    To date, eight males and one female have been arrested for 12 of the 15 incidents. Authorities in Philadelphia believe an arrest overnight Wednesday could lead to an arrest in one of two open cases in Marple.

    Though the suspects are primarily all black male residents of Philadelphia between the ages of 17 and 20, Young said no one should be walking around afraid of every male that fits that description.

    Those in the Asian-American community fearful of possible immigration or undeclared revenue issues, should they come forward as victims, were reminded by Green and Montgomery County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Steele that such matters fall under federal law.

    “We’re here to serve the public. We’re not here to start pointing fingers at our victims,” Green said.

    Green encouraged Asian-Americans to visit the district attorney’s Web site for more information. Though language translation is available through Google, he said his office is currently working to install a language toolbar directly on the Web site.

    He said his office welcomes any and all input from the Asian-American community.

    Joining Green, Young and Steele on the auditorium stage were John F. Kitzinger of the FBI and Lt. John F. Walker of the Southwest Detective Division in Philadelphia.

    Incidents of violence in Delaware County against Asian-Americans:

    • 200 block of Lenni Road in Middletown, Saturday, Nov. 29, 2008, 9:50 p.m. An Asian man and his pregnant wife were robbed in their driveway after being followed home from a nearby mall.

    • 400 block of Hampshire Drive in Marple, Monday, Dec. 1, 2008, 10:28 p.m. Three masked and armed gunman forced their way into the home of an Asian business owner in West Philadelphia.

    • 100 block of Ferguson Avenue, Marple, Wednesday, Dec. 3, 10:54 p.m. Armed intruders forced their way into a home, took a briefcase containing cash from the female homeowner, who is also the owner of a business in Upper Darby. Her 15-year-old son received a minor injury in the attack.

    • 500 block of MacDade Boulevard in Collingdale, Friday, Dec. 5, 2008, 3:07 a.m. A store owner was accosted in his home, which is located under the shop.

    • 100 block of Barrington Road in Upper Darby, Tuesday, Dec. 18, 2008, 7:29 p.m. A Philadelphia store owner was baited by a woman who knocked on the front door of his Stonehurst home just before three masked men intruded.

    • The first in the series of 15 incidents tracked by authorities occurred in Philadelphia on Thursday, Nov. 20, 2008, at 7:20 p.m.

    The most recent incident was the deadly home invasion in North Wales, Montgomery County on Friday, Jan. 9.
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    If Asian-Americans are considered easy marks among criminals because they do not use banks, carry cash and don’t fight back as suggested by one suspect, Young said it might be time for those in the community to rethink some behavior patterns.
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    Owning a business and not being armed is just crazy. I don't know if it would have helped in the above robberies but it's just prudent to have an arriving and leaving plan of safety for your home. I have such a plan for my family. These dirtbags will continue until they are killed. They have no respect for life or property.
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    First assumptions are often incomplete

    Home invasion murder was allegedly plotted by victim's nephew - The Mercury News: Pottstown, PA and The Tri County areas of Montgomery, Berks and Chester Counties (pottsmerc.com)

    How the worm turns.

    However, the "Philadelphia man who allegedly was known to participate in street and home invasion robberies" and "Arrest warrants ... against four others who had roles in the crime, either as lookouts or getaway drivers" could be the same bunch that were responsible for "15 incidents of violent crime against Asian-American business owners."

    Could be the wanabe did ever one, save his own family, a favor.

    Still wish his uncle had been armed and done the job, himself -- doing ever one, including himself the favor.

    Home invasion murder was allegedly plotted by victim's nephew


    Wednesday, February 4, 2009 3:31 PM EST
    by Carl Hessler Jr., chessler@pottsmerc.com



    NORRISTOWN – The murder of a Montgomery Township businessman during a home invasion robbery was rooted in a “sinister” family betrayal, according to prosecutors.

    Angelo Shin, 25, of the 400 block of Anthony Court, North Wales, was charged Wednesday with third-degree murder, accused of helping to plan the Jan. 9 robbery that ended with the death of Shin’s uncle, Robert Chae, a popular Korean businessman who owned Penn Center Beauty Supply in Philadelphia.

    “Unfortunately, what this investigation revealed is far more sinister than simple robbery. Angelo Shin is a traitor of the worst kind. He is a traitor to his family. He is a traitor to his people and his treachery is of the lowest kind we have ever seen here,” Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said as she announced the arrests of Shin and five others in connection with Chae’s murder.

    Shin, who once lived with Chae’s family after emigrating to the U.S., expected to be paid $2,000 for his help in planning the robbery, prosecutors alleged.

    Shin, authorities alleged, befriended Joseph Page, 22, a Philadelphia man who allegedly was known to participate in street and home invasion robberies, and provided Page with information about Chae and Chae’s Montgomery Township home in the 100 block of Gwynmont Drive.

    “Mr. Shin was a little bit of a gangster wannabe and he befriended (Page) and during the course of their conversations he identified his family member as a prospective target,” Ferman alleged. “They hatched the plot to rob Mr. Chae’s family.”

    Page, also known as “Tree Man” or “Spade,” is charged with second- and third-degree murder, robbery, burglary, conspiracy and related offenses in connection with Chae’s death.

    Arrest warrants also were filed against four others who had roles in the crime, either as lookouts or getaway drivers, authorities said.

    Chae, 58, and his wife Janice, were preparing to leave for work on the morning of the crime and were ambushed on the driveway of their home. Chae was killed during the home invasion.
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    Thumbs down More on people perceived as docile and won't fight back being targeted.

    Pa. Asian-Americans fearful after rash of crimes - Lebanon Daily News

    Pa. Asian-Americans fearful after rash of crimes
    By RON TODT Associated Press Writer
    Updated: 03/15/2009 0324 PM EDT


    PHILADELPHIA—The modus operandi was always the same: Criminals staked out a business, sometimes calling to ask for closing times, then trailed the owners home. After parking their cars, the victims were confronted at gunpoint, forced inside and robbed of jewelry, cash, and other valuables.

    The scenario was repeated at least 14 times in recent months, including three times in a single day. The victim was always an Asian or Asian-American.

    The home invasion spree, along with three recent murders of Asian-Americans over the past few months, have left residents and community leaders shaken. Police say the victims were targeted by criminals who believed they would be easy marks because of their ethnicity.

    "The bad guys that we've talked to ... are pretty much assuming that Asian business people deal in cash and not banks, that Asian business people are docile and won't fight back, and they keep their money at home or in their business," state police Capt. David Young said.

    Asian-American leaders dispute the stereotype, but Young said even the perception on the part of criminals would make members of the community a target. And although Philadelphia crime statistics show a slight decrease in robberies of people of Asian descent, authorities believe many crimes may go unreported if victims are reluctant to come forward—perhaps because of fears over their immigration status.

    "One of our fears is that the Asian community is being victimized way more than we're being told about," Young said.

    State and local law enforcement authorities, with the aid of the FBI, have made arrests in all but one of the home invasion cases. The crime wave came amid the murders of three Asian-Americans, two of them also by home invasion.

    On Nov. 10, a man broke into a Delaware County home, tied up a couple and beat them with a hammer and a chisel. Hoa Pham, 60, a former lieutenant in the South Vietnamese army, was killed. His wife was assaulted but managed to escape.

    On Jan. 9 in nearby Montgomery County, Robert Chae and his wife were ambushed in their driveway as they prepared to leave for their beauty supply business in downtown Philadelphia. Chae, 58, suffocated after being bound with duct tape. Officials originally thought it might be part of the spree but later arrested seven people, including a nephew of the victim.

    And on Feb. 27, Joseph Chang Ha, 67, a retired pastor, died after he was shot in the chest and stomach outside his laundry in North Philadelphia.

    "Last year I cannot remember any Korean-American murder cases, and now it's two in two months," said attorney Young K. Park, president of the Korean American Association of Greater Philadelphia. "So I'm afraid, due to economic conditions, maybe that's creating more crimes, so we are concerned."

    Police and community groups have been holding briefings to warn Asian-Americans about the crimes and offer advice on staying safe. Two meetings have been held in the Philadelphia suburbs and more are planned.

    "People want to know how to protect themselves; people want to know if they own a gun and use it, what will be the consequence ... people want to know what they should tell their children to keep them safe," said Djung Tran of the Asian Pacific American Bar Association of Pennsylvania, who attended a recent meeting.

    While Tran is wary of reinforcing stereotypes about Asian-Americans that might make them targets, she said her organization is doing a survey to find out whether business owners may be handling their money in insecure ways.

    "Is it that there are no banks nearby, the time's not convenient, or distrust of the financial industry—are they doing things that are making them more vulnerable?" she said.

    Justin Lee of the Korean American Crime Prevention Committee strongly disputes the idea that Asian-Americans are less likely to use banks. He said the city has seven or eight banks serving the local Korean community, which numbers less than 30,000.

    "If Americans have cash, Koreans have cash; if they don't, we don't," said Lee, sitting in his North Philadelphia restaurant a few blocks from the scene of the latest murder.

    At the community meetings, police have told anyone who handles cash from businesses to follow a few simple rules: Avoid parking cars in dark areas, have car keys out when you leave at night, and have a cell phone at the ready to dial 911. If someone feels they are being followed, police say they should file a stalking complaint.

    "People don't have to wait until they are robbed," Young said.

    Police also have pleaded for any other victims to come forward, regardless of immigration status.

    "We're here to find out what happened and what we can do to prevent this from happening again and get the bad guys off the street," Young said.

    According to a census survey, about 78,400 people of Asian descent live in Philadelphia, a city of about 1.4 million. Police statistics indicate that 635 of the city's reported 9,907 robbery victims in 2008 were of Asian descent, compared to 686 out of 10,535 in 2007.

    Six people have been held for trial in Chae's murder, and authorities in Delaware County are seeking the death penalty in Pham's death. And four of the eight people arrested in the home invasion spree, charged earlier in state court, have been charged in federal court with interfering with interstate commerce, attempted carjacking and other counts.

    Lt. John Walker of the Southwest Detectives division of Philadelphia police said federal authorities agreed to prosecute the home invasion cases to send a strong message.

    "People when they get home, that's their sanctity, that's their safety," he said. "These kids have shattered that feeling of safety in this community, and it's not going to be tolerated."
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    A couple of months ago we had a BG loose in our area and I told my wife to get the kids in the car before she opens the garage door. I think I need to make that standard practice.

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    When I prepare to leave each morning, I let the Rhodesian Ridgeback lead the way. He's out the (inside) garage door from the house and as soon as the garage door goes up, he's inspecting the premises.
    Works for me...

    I have heard of these robberies (not near us) happening, so I'm always looking for strange cars parked anywhere.

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