Vodcast: Wanted by the FBI - Hung Tien Pham
The FBI is offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to the arrest of Hung Tien Pham, who is wanted for his alleged involvement in the January 12, 1991, execution-style murders of five men in Boston, Massachusetts.
Narrator: This year marks the 30th anniversary of Boston’s Chinatown Massacre, where six men were shot execution-style while they were playing cards inside a social club downtown. Only one of the victims survived and subsequently identified the three men responsible. The FBI and the Boston Police Department have never stopped searching for the last remaining fugitive in the case, Hung Tien Pham, who fled the United States following the murders. Pham is wanted by the FBI for five counts of murder, one count of armed assault with intent to murder, conspiracy, and carrying a firearm without a license. Pham is the only defendant in this case who has not been arrested and convicted. The FBI is now offering a reward of up to $30,000 for information leading to his arrest. Special Agent Tom Zukauskas is with the FBI Boston Division’s Violent Crimes Task Force.
Tom Zukauskas: Back in the 1980s and early 1990s, Pham was a major associate of Asian organized crime, specifically the Ping On crime syndicate, who operated in Boston, Philadelphia, and Toronto. Pham was last seen in Bangkok, Thailand, in the mid- to late-1990s, but since then, the trail’s gone cold. What we do know is that Pham still maintains family in the San Francisco Bay area of California; Toronto, Canada; as well as North Vietnam. That’s why we are asking the public to review Pham’s wanted poster, which includes newly released photos and an age-progressed version of what he may look like now at 60 years old. Even after 30 years, a concerned citizen or associate of Pham doing the right thing could help us bring Pham to justice and provide his victims’ families with some much-needed closure.
Narrator: Both the FBI and the Boston Police Department are constantly pursuing new investigative strategies to try to close the case on one of the city’s bloodiest massacres. Lieutenant Detective Dan Duff is with the Boston Police Department’s Homicide Unit.
Dan Duff: I think it affected everyone—not only from the city but from the surrounding areas, too—because Chinatown, where this happened, is a big tourist area. So when you hear there’s been five people murdered in Chinatown, that can send the wrong signal to people that maybe this isn’t a safe area. And I think the community, the Chinatown community—which was very tight knit at the time and still is—they had to deal with that.
Narrator: No motive has been officially established.
Duff: We’re not sure it was actually a robbery or whether it was just bad blood between rival groups. But they did go in there with a plan, and they did go in there shooting, and five of the six people that were there ended up dying.
Zukauskas: A lot of people, including law enforcement, are still very passionate about this case. No one has forgotten these victims and their families and the impact this extremely violent crime had on the city of Boston. We are not going to rest until Pham is located, arrested, and brought before the court, so Pham can answer for what he allegedly did.
Narrator: Hung Tien Pham is considered armed and extremely dangerous. If you have any information about where Pham is, or where he has been, please contact your local FBI office or submit a tip online at tips.fbi.gov. No amount of information is too small or irrelevant.
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