Double-murder suspect apprehended after 18 years on the run

SACRAMENTO — A double-murder suspect who has been on the run for 18 years was apprehended by police in Pennsylvania earlier this month, Sacramento authorities said Tuesday.

Ricky Van Tran, 37, was arrested Jan. 19 for two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder for crimes he allegedly committed at a Sacramento club nearly two decades ago.

Investigators believe that, on Oct. 25, 1991 at 11:41 p.m., Ricky Tran arrived at the Raven Club located on Stockton Boulevard and shot 23-year-old Quon Tran in the neck, 23-year-old Huy Nguyen in the back and 20-year-old Long Nguyen in the left ankle. Both Quon Tran and Huy Nguyen died after being transported to the hospital.

The investigation, which identified Ricky Tran as the shooter early on, revealed the motivation for the shooting resulted from gang involvement. Attempts to locate Tran had failed until this month, police said.

On Jan. 19, Ricky Tran was arrested in Cheltenham Township in Montgomery County, Penn. Officers responded and contacted the suspect during an assault call. Tran was taken into custody without incident.

Tran is expected to be extradited back to Sacramento some time next week.

Ricky Van Tran


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