Rayna Hoffman-Ramos charged in the murder of Thuc Minh Duong

Rayna Hoffman-Ramos (San Mateo County Sheriff's Office)

Rayna Hoffman-Ramos. (Image from the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.)

Authorities in California announced on Thursday that a 61-year-old Oklahoma woman has been arrested in the cold case of the murder of a beloved store owner during a “mistaken robbery” nearly three decades ago. Rayna Hoffman-Ramos was arrested last week in the Early State and charged with multiple felony counts for fatal shooting Shu Ming TangSan Mateo County Sheriff’s Office announced.

“With abundant pride, I announce an important development in the 1993 Shumingtang Cold Case, which occurred in the City of San Carlos. This has been a cold case for almost three decades. Today, I can announce that we have arrested and justice for the Tang family is at hand,” said San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos say in one Thursday press conference. “The San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the Tang family for their support. I hope your family will finally get the justice you deserve and the closure you desire.”

Mayor of San Carlos Sara McDowell also made a brief appearance on the podium to thank law enforcement agencies for their participation in the investigation.

“He is a husband, father and friend who came to the United States to provide a better life for his family,” she said. “His death shook the San Carlos community and remained the subject of discussion for many years.”

Shu Ming Tang provided by San Mateo County Sheriff

Letter Minh Duong. (Image via San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office.)

Officers of the San Carlos Police Department shortly before 1pm on April 26, 1993, responded to a 911 call about a possible shooting at the family-owned Devonshire Little Shop on Avenue Devonshire, Sheriff Lt. Jacob Trickett speak. The store has been a staple of the San Carlos community for 87 years.

Upon arriving at the scene just minutes later, first responders found Tang, a Taiwanese immigrant, appearing to have suffered a gunshot wound to the chest. Paramedics rushed Tang to a nearby hospital, but he died shortly after arriving at the facility, Lieutenant Trickett said.

Investigators at the time obtained witness reports that a female suspect fled the scene shortly after the shooting, what detectives said was likely a “robbed robbery wrong,” according to Lieutenant Trickett. As the shooting gained national attention, including a segment on “America’s Most Wanted,” detectives undertook a lengthy and multi-headed investigation. termites, but the crime has remained unsolved for nearly 29 years.

In 2010, the City of San Carlos began contracting its law enforcement services to the San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office. Lieutenant Trickett went on to explain that Hoffman-Ramos’s arrest was the result of the sheriff’s Cold Cases Unit in 2018 devoting resources to recreating the shooting.

“The San Mateo County Sheriff’s detectives, crime analysts and cold case investigators have reviewed the existing investigation surrounding Mr. Tang’s murder. With the recent investigation, investigators have identified a person of interest that has resulted in investigators traveling to Sacramento and Washington County, Oklahoma,” said Lt Trickett. “On Wednesday, March 16, 2022, detectives conducted simultaneous operations in both locations. These activities generated leads and additional evidence. “

As a result of simultaneous operations, Oklahoma authorities arrested Hoffman-Ramos, a San Mateo resident at the time of the shooting, according to Lt. Trickett.

“Part of the purpose of the cold case unit is to have a fresh look and use more up-to-date information management systems. It’s basically one of the reasons we’re coming back to Rayna,” said Trickett.

The lieutenant said he could not provide more information on what evidence led police to connect Hoffman-Ramos to the murder, but he noted that the defendant had a criminal history and was the sole suspect in the case. .

Court records show that Hoffman-Ramos is charged with one count of murder, one count of second-degree robbery and eight counts of augmented. Court records in the case are currently under seal, according to the district court clerk’s office.

Other agencies involved in the investigation and arrest were the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, the Washington County Sheriff’s Office, the Washington County District Attorney’s Office, the Sacramento Police Department, and the San Mateo County District Attorney’s Office.

[images via San Mateo County Sheriff’s Office]

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