The arrest of four men in Monday’s brutal home invasion could be the break that local, state and federal agencies throughout New England have been waiting for.
The arrest of four men in Monday’s brutal home invasion could be the break that several state, local and federal agencies have been waiting for.
The men, who are accused of breaking into a North Weymouth home and terrorizing and robbing three women there, may be behind a string of similar break-ins in neighboring states, say police.
Duong Dong, 51, of Quincy, Thanh Dang, 33, of Boston, Duc Vo, 39, of Quincy, and Dung Pham, 39, listed as homeless, are being held on charges of home invasion, kidnapping, assault, and firearm possession.
The break-in was thwarted by a 12-year-old boy, who hid in the basement and called 911. Police arrived on scene in less than a minute and apprehended all four men, two of whom were carrying loaded guns.
An interagency task force that includes the FBI, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement, and Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms and Explosives is now working to link the men to other similar crimes.
Police Chief James Thomas said that all four men were “of major interest” to the task force, which was created by the Boston Police Department’s special investigations unit.
“They’ve been following this group of people from Maine to Jersey,” Thomas said.
“This was a good arrest,” Thomas added. “Not just because of the courage of this boy or because of the phenomenal police work, but because of what might come out of it.”
Vo and Pham are wanted for a home invasion in Connecticut. Police believe that the men, all of whom are Vietnamese, target Asian families that they suspect of having valuables and cash.
Weymouth Sgt. Rick Fuller said federal authorities were “ecstatic” at the arrest.
“They’ve been all over these people,” he said. When detectives from the unit arrived on the scene, they immediately identified three of the men, said Fuller.
Thomas said the case may be prosecuted federally. The men were arraigned in Quincy District Court but will likely move to Dedham Superior Court if the case remains under local jurisdiction.
“We’ve got offenses in different jurisdictions, so it may behoove them to pursue it federally,” Thomas said.
The Boston police special investigations unit could not be reached for comment.
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