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FUGITIVE SOUGHT IN SLAYING IS APPREHENDED IN VIETNAM

An international fugitive placed on the FBI's most-wanted list for his part in the execution-style slaying of a suburban Rochester restaurateur has been captured in his native Vietnam.

Thang Thanh Nguyen, 28, was arrested by Vietnamese police last week in the province of Bac Lieu, the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle reported Sunday.

Nguyen is accused of masterminding the 1992 slaying and robbery of 39-year-old Chung Lam in Irondequoit, a suburb of Rochester. According to police, Nguyen and three men allegedly broke into Lam's house while his family slept, stole money and jewelry and shot Lam in the back of the head.

After his arrest last week, Nguyen -- who has been a U.S. citizen since 1984 -- admitted to the killing, Agence France-Press reported.

Three other Vietnamese men already have been convicted in the killing. In 1994, Thoan Van Luc, 35, of Fort Worth, Texas, and Sang Ngo, 24, of Wichita, Kan., pleaded guilty to burglary after murder and robbery charges were dropped as part of a plea bargain. Vu Ngo, 20, Sang Ngo's brother, was acquitted of murder and burglary but was convicted of robbery.

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