Long Beach Murder Caught on Tape-Help Police Identify Suspect
A man suspected of killing a Long Beach during a Jan. 22 holdup–caught on videotape–has been in Riverside County Jail since March 2011, Long Beach police said.
Two men can be seen confronting Sor Phouma at the counter of P&B Liquor Jr. Market in the store’s surveillance video, which police released in late January to seek public help in identifying the pair. That tape does not show the clerk being shot but it’s chilling just knowing that he will be fatally shot moments later.
The second suspect has not been named nor captured, Long Beach Police Department said.
Edgar Vasquez, 31 of Perris, had been in the Riverside County Jail on another charge when an anonymous tip in March led police to believe he’d been involved in the liquor store murder, said department spokeswoman Nancy Pratt. Vasquez was one of two men allegedly shown in the holdup video but his arrest was not revealed until Wednesday in hopes that his accomplice might be caught, the department said.
On Saturday, January 22, 2011, Long Beach police officers responded to a convenience store in the 1900-block of East 4th Street regarding a call of shots fired. When officers arrived, they discovered the body of 53-year-old Sor Phouam, who was a well-known and long-time store employee. Sor had sustained a gunshot wound to his upper torso and was taken to a local hospital where he later died.
One of the suspects removes a chrome handgun from his waistband and points it at the clerk. Seeing the store clerk being robbed, the customer tries to leave the store but is stopped by the suspect with the gun, who demands his money. After taking money from the customer, the suspect turns his attention back to Sor and fatally shoots him.
Long Beach homicide detectives are asking the male customer who was robbed by the two suspects to come forward and contact them. Detectives believe this second robbery victim may have information that may be useful to the murder investigation of victim Sor.
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