January 14, 2015

Suspect linked to stabbing, dumping of 3 men in Schuylkill River captured

Man a member of the 'Born To Kill' Vietnamese gang

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Tam Minh Le U.S. Department of Justice/for PhillyVoice

Tam Minh Le

A man who allegedly beat, stabbed and tossed three men into the Schuylkill River in August was arrested by U.S. Marshals on Tuesday night.

Tam Minh Le, 43, a member of the Born To Kill Vietnamese gang, was arrested at a Motel 6 in Virginia, according to Philly.com.

One of the victims, who survived being stabbed along Kelly Drive, was found by police on Aug. 27. Bodies of the two other victims were later recovered from the Schuylkill River.

The sole survivor helped police identify his attacker as Le, authorities said. Although Le fled the area, a search of his home on 72nd Street near Elmwood turned up roofing cement — similar to that used to weigh the bodies down in the river.

Police said the attack was connected to drug activities and that the victims were given $100,000 to purchase narcotics for a drug ring, but gambled it away.

When Le was arrested, he was with his wife and children ages 2 and 5.

Le was added to the 15 Most Wanted list in mid-December, with a $25,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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