UPDATE: Police charge man with murder in 2007 West Valley killing

Murder suspect Tien Truong Nguyen (Photo: WVCPD)

UPDATE (3/14/18) - Tien Truong Nguyen, 37, was charged Tuesday with first-degree criminal homicide and first-degree felony robbery in the beating and stabbing death of Vui Vui Billiard Pool Hall owner, Tri Xuan Phan.

UPDATE (8:24 p.m.) - Police in West Valley have released more information about today's arrest for a homicide that happened on January 10, 2007.

That's when Tri Xuan Phan was found beaten to death inside the Vui Vui Billiard Pool Hall, which he owned.

So what cracked the case for officers more than 11 years later?

A fingerprint.

That fingerprint, which was found at the initial crime scene was searched through a nationwide fingerprint identification database.

The print didn't match, until April 22, 2016, when police found it belonged to Tien Truong Nguyen.

That caused officers to reopen the case.

Nearly two years later on Thursday Nguyen was brought in for questioning and arrested for homicide and obstruction of justice.

The case remains actively under investigation. Police ask that anyone with information regarding this case please contact the West Valley City Police Department at 801-840-4000.

(KUTV) Police arrested a suspect in a homicide case from 2007, according to West Valley police.

Tri Xuan Phan was killed Jan. 10 of that year as he was preparing to close Vui Vui Billiards on 1893 W., 3500 South. He was found beaten to death.

The case was listed among the West Valley City cold cases.

West Valley City Police Department will talk more about the case today and 2News will update this story as more information becomes available.


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