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Ask Sacto 911 Crime Q&A: Was case of couple slain in jewelry store solved?

The crime occurred in south Sacramento around 2001. The couple who owned a jewelry store at Stockton Boulevard and 65th Avenue were killed by a customer who stayed at the store a while. Has this crime been resolved?

–Cindy, Sacramento

Hue Nguyen, 55, and Loi Thi Ngo, 51, the parents of six children, were shot to death July 25, 2003, in the back room of the Kim Van jewelry store, which they managed in the Florin area’s Pacific Plaza.

Although the reward of $65,000 for the arrest and conviction of the killer was one of the highest offered in the Sacramento area, no arrests have been reported in the case.

According to stories in The Bee, a suspect, videotaped by a security camera, talked to the couple and was in the shop for about two hours. He was seen browsing the display cases before being invited into the back room.

Detectives believed the suspect might have been waiting for a ring to be made smaller. A diamond solitaire ring, a size 3, was found in a hand vise in the shop’s back work area.

The suspect, described as a slender Asian man, possibly Vietnamese, between 17 and 25 years old, was said to have driven away in a 1990s beige or light gold Ford Thunderbird with a black front passenger fender.