Thanks to surveillance video, three men have been arrested in the horrific execution-style murders of a Texas couple on Saturday night.
Bao and Jenny Lam, both 61, were “found bound and shot to death inside their home,” located in a gated-community in Spring on Saturday night, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said Wednesday.
Half-brothers Khari Ty Kendrick, 23, and Aakiel Ricardo Kendrick, 21, and Erick Alfredo Peralta, 20 have been arrested in connection with the murders after one of them confessed to his “heinous crimes,” according to police.
The slain couple were discovered on Saturday night, after their adult son, Richard, reported they weren’t answering their front door, and hadn’t answered the phone for two days, the Houston Chronicle reported.
Upon entering the home, deputies found the Lams’ bodies on the first floor and found that the home had been burglarized.
“Everything was disturbed. Furniture was overturned, drawers were opened. It will take some time to process the scene,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. Firearms, jewelry, a car and other valuable items were taken from the home, police added.
The car, a gray 2016 Porsche Panamera, was reportedly found abandoned in a parking lot on Sunday.
Gonzalez said the murders “may have happened any time after Thursday. It appears that way the last time of contact.”
The sheriff’s office released surveillance footage Tuesday, which showed two men getting out of a black Lincoln Navigator before walking around the entrance to the community around 8:20 p.m. on Thursday night.
Surveillance video shows the Lams arriving home around 8:40 p.m. Thursday. Police said “it appears the suspects ambushed the Lams inside their garage and forced them into their residence, where they were bound, robbed, and murdered.”
Noting that the Lam family “was clearly targeted,” the sheriff’s office said it appeared as though the murder suspects returned to the Lams home “several times” between Thursday night and Saturday night.
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The Lams had moved to the U.S. in the 1970s from Taiwan and Laos, according to newspaper reports. After enrolling in college, Bao and Jenny reportedly worked several jobs to support their children. The two operated a Marble Slab Creamery location and later opened multiple Subway franchises in the Houston area.
“My parents were my superheroes. They were there for us every step of the way — every game, every recital, every symphony,” Richard Lam said, with his sister, Michelle, crying as she told reporters, “They took them from us way too soon.”
The three suspects were booked into the Harris County Jail on capital murder charges.