2 charged in Fairfax man's Calif. death
A man and woman have been arrested in Oakland, Calif., and charged with the slaying of a Fairfax County man who had flown to California for a job interview, Oakland police said Tuesday.
Jinghong Kang, 45, a computer engineer and married father of three who lived in the Fair Oaks area, had arrived in the Bay Area on July 18 for an interview the next day with the Internet giant Google. That night, he arranged for a dental appointment with a friend he knew through church, his wife said.
While he sat in the car after the appointment, Oakland police said, he was robbed and then shot to death by a man and a woman about 11:30 p.m.
Police obtained surveillance video from a nearby building and distributed it to the news media. Officer Jeff Thomason, an Oakland police spokesman, said citizens who saw the video on TV recognized Althea Housley, 33, of Oakland, and police arrested her on Saturday.
Housley “admitted to taking part in the robbery-homicide,” Thomason said. She was charged with armed robbery and murder.
Police then began looking for Housley’s boyfriend, George Huggins, 24, of Oakland. A citizen spotted him on Monday, called police and held Huggins down until officers arrived, Thomason said. He was also charged with robbery and murder.
Homicide Sgt. Mike Gantt told the Oakland Tribune that Housley told investigators that Kang and the dental hygienist who accompanied him to his rental car were robbed because they didn’t seem to be paying attention, and because Huggins needed money.
Housley told police that she and Huggins took $10 from Kang, Gantt told the Tribune. The couple is also suspected, but not charged, in a similar robbery and shooting of a man sitting in a parked car, whose car keys were taken and then he was shot, Thomason said.
After learning of the arrest, Kang’s wife, Wendy Wang said, “I feel relieved, to some extent.” She added, “I feel happy for Jinghong. But no matter what, he will not be back.”
Kang and Wang, both natives of Beijing, had been married for 19 years and have three sons, ages 10, 12 and 17. Kang worked as a network engineer for ITT.
Kang’s family are devout Christians and members of The Church in Dunn Loring, where a fellow church member said Tuesday that Kang’s “legacy, particularly the numerous people who became Christians through Jinghong, will forever remain.”
If he were able to speak to his assailants, Kang’s wife said, “Jinghong would like them to repent. That’s definitely want he would want.”
Washington Post Editors
July 27, 2010; 12:01 PM ET
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