Woman arrested for killing California shopkeeper in 1993


A 61-year-old woman was arrested last week in Oklahoma for killing a California store owner in 1993 after investigators used new ‘forensic technology’ to crack the cold case, the court said on Thursday. police.

Rayna Elizabeth Hoffman-Ramos was arrested last week and was awaiting extradition to the Bay Area to be charged in the fatal shooting of Shu Ming Tang, officials said.

Tang, a Taiwanese immigrant, was shot in the chest while working at his San Carlos family business, the Devonshire Little Store, on April 26, 1993.

“Mr. Tang was a husband, father and friend who came to the United States to provide a better life for his family,” San Carlos Mayor Sara McDowell said at a press conference Thursday.

“His death shook the community of San Carlos and has remained a topic of discussion over the years.”

A woman was seen leaving the store after the “robbery gone wrong”, but California detectives only got a break from the case after she was reassigned in 2018, officials said.

Hoffman-Ramos was arrested in Dewey, Okla. last week after detectives alleged it was linked to the homicide, citing unspecified advances “in forensic technology”.

Shu Ming Tang had immigrated from Taiwan to start his family business.
San Mateo County Sheriff
Rayna Elizabeth Hoffman-Ramos
Rayna Elizabeth Hoffman-Ramos is accused of fatally shooting Shu Ming Tang during a failed robbery in San Carlos, California.
San Mateo Sheriff’s Office via AP

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos thanked Tang’s family for their support, adding that he hopes they “finally get the justice and closure you deserve.”

With AP wires

New York Post

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