No Arrests Yet in Slaying of Elderly Couple

Neighbors say they worry about lack of information on case

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    NEWSLETTERS

    Neighbors want to know why Arlington police have made no arrests in the slayings of Long Nguyen and Huong Ly, who were found dead in the Parks Villas Apartments on June 10. (Published Wednesday, Jul 18, 2012)

    Neighbors of an elderly Arlington couple who were killed five weeks ago say they are concerned that police have not made any arrests in the case.

    Long Nguyen, 72, and Huong Ly, 63, were found dead in their ransacked apartment at the The Parks Villas off Waverly Drive on June 10.

    "Of course, it's a concern to all of us that live here," said Laura Buchholz, who has lived in the Arlington apartment complex for two years. "Our neighbors were brutally murdered in their own home around 11 at night, and no one will admit to having seen or heard anything."

    "To know that the people that did this -- the person or persons -- are still at large is very bothersome," said Thomas Urash, who also lives in the complex with his fiancé.

    Neighbors said they are also worried about the lack of information about the case.

    "We've been looking on the Internet and on TV for something, any information, about it, but it seems everything has gone silent," Urash said.

    But Arlington police said there is a reason why they have not made too much information public.

    "We understand transparency, and we want the public to understand what's going on," Arlington police spokeswoman Tiara Ellis Richard said. "The detectives are working the case. However, there are details [detectives] won't release, knowing that when someone comes forward and starts talking about it, and it's something that hasn't been made public, it sort of benefits the case."

    Richard said detectives hope someone will come forward with information that could lead to a break in the case.

    "The people or person responsible for this homicide have probably talked to people, so someone, somewhere, may have heard something or been told something that may lead us to a suspect," she said.

    Police have increased their presence at the apartment complex, a move that has eased some concerns for the moment.

    "I think it's fantastic," Pittman said. "We need more of them out here, just go through once in a while. It keeps the crime down."

    Buchholz agreed.

    "I've felt safer since the police have been around," she said. "I just hope that they'll stay."

    Oak Farms Diary has offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to an arrest and conviction in the case, and Crime Stoppers is offering an additional $1,000 reward. Anyone with information can call Crime Stoppers at 817-469-TIPS. Callers may remain anonymous.