* Raymond Wong arrested on suspicion of committing the 1999 murder of 21-year-old Diablo Valley College student Alice Sin
Published by Staff Writer on December 29, 2011
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More than a decade after a missing Diablo Valley College student’s body turned up in the Nevada desert, her former boyfriend has been arrested and charged with her murder, police said today. Raymond Wong, 40, was arrested Dec. 24 in Pinole on suspicion of committing the 1999 murder of 21-year-old college student Alice Sin, his live-in girlfriend and son’s mother.
Today, prosecutors filed murder charges against him, along with special circumstances alleging that he killed Sin for financial gain, Pinole police Cmdr. Matthew Messier said. Wong fled the country in 2009 to Beijing, China where he lived for the past two years, he said. On Dec. 19, customs officers at San Francisco International Airport called the Pinole Police Department to alert them that Wong had re-entered the country using a fake passport.
Police arrested Wong for allegedly failing to properly register as a sex offender — a requirement of his release from federal prison, where he served 27 months until 2009, stemming from a child pornography possession conviction. The former Pinole man then bailed out of jail but was arrested again on Christmas Eve after officers in Pinole asked him to return to the police station under the guise of filling out paperwork, Messier said during a press conference this evening.
Between his arrest on Dec. 19 and Dec. 24, detectives had amassed enough evidence to arrest him for the decade-old murder.Messier declined to comment today on the type of evidence used to make the arrest. However, he said police believe Sin was killed in Nevada shortly before Wong reported her missing on Nov. 22, 1999.
Two months later, her body was found off of a remote roadway in rural Churchill County, Nevada. Surrounded by shell casings, Sin’s badly decomposed corpse was found with four bullet wounds. Although police immediately considered Wong a person of interest in the case, he was never charged. Messier said that “jurisdictional issues” arose between Pinole police and Nevada authorities, but did not say whether those issues prevented Wong’s arrest just after the murder.
The commander said the case has been a priority for the department over the past decade, especially after investigators learned that Wong had fled the country. In Beijing, Wong apparently ran a computer consulting company and lived a plush lifestyle in at least one million-dollar home, police said.”I believe that for years, he thought he was going to get away with this,” Messier said.
The commander said bringing the news of Wong’s arrest and imprisonment on murder charges brought relief and closure to the Sin family, who live in Oakland. He said he shared an emotional phone call with Sin’s father earlier today when breaking the news of the murder filing against Wong.
“He has waited 12 years for this to happen and we were very happy we were able to bring them the news,” Messier said.Wong was arraigned today on murder charges in Contra Costa County Superior Court in Richmond.He is being held in the Martinez Detention Facility without bail.
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