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Man accused of gunning down ex-girlfriend and companion in Monterey Park senior housing complex

January 20, 2010 |  5:37 pm
Los Angeles County sheriff's homicide detectives have arrested a 45-year-old Corona man on suspicion of murder, after he allegedly shot and killed his ex-girlfriend and her new boyfriend at a senior facility in Monterey Park.

Richard Vithya Tauch was taken into custody today around noon. He was booked for investigation of double murder and held in lieu of $1-million bail at the Monterey Park jail, said Lt. David Dolson.

Investigators believe Tauch shot Jenny Van Sor, 40, and Wen Chao, 53, shortly before 8 p.m. Tuesday at the senior housing complex in the 200 block of Chandler Avenue. The male victim’s father lives at the complex.

Detectives believe jealousy probably motivated the shooting.

"We don’t know the entire circumstances. But the suspect is the ex-boyfriend of the woman and the other victim is her new boyfriend," Dolson said. "We believe [the suspect] followed her into the place." Dolson said the suspect followed the female victim in through a glass patio door and sometime after shot the two victims.

Tauch, according to state licensing records, has a permit to carry a firearm while working as a security guard.

-- Richard Winton