Three men who are suspected in the homicide of a 55-year-old Asian man in Fort Wayne, Indiana have turned themselves in, reports the Journal Gazette. 20-year-old Cody Clements turned himself over to police on Monday followed by Jacob D. Carreon-Hamilton, 20, and Matthew J. Cramer. The three were identified by police as suspects on Sunday in the killing of Shane Van Nguyen.
Shane Van Nguyen was last seen alive on Friday around 3 pm after he received his COVID vaccination shot, reports WPTA21. He was reported missing on Saturday and a Silver Alert was put out overnight. On Sunday morning around 5 am, a police officer tried to stop a vehicle near Lake Avenue and Coliseum Boulevard. But the driver sped off and a short chase ensued. However, police called off the chase after it was considered unsafe.
Shortly after, police got a call about a car accident on Forest Park Boulevard. The car crashed through a fence and into a back of a home. The car matched the description of the car that sped away earlier.
When police arrived and examined the car, they found a dead body inside. The Allen County Coroner determined that the victim was Shane Nguyen and that he died of blunt force trauma to the head ruling it a homicide.
Early Monday morning, police released images of the three suspects, Cody Clements, Matthew J. Cramer, and Jacob D. Carreon-Hamilton, all from the Goshen area.
Police have not determined a motive for the crime and it is unclear what charges will be filed against the suspects at this time.
“At this point we believe it to be an isolated incident, but this investigation is far from being complete,” Police spokesperson Sofia Rosales-Scatena emailed the Journal Gazette. “We will look for any indication as to hate or bias in this crime. It will take some time.”
Update: 4-27-21- According to Wane.com Nguyen’s body was dismembered. The car that sped away was a van registered to Nguyen. Police said at one point during the chase, the driver jumped from the van and the passenger moved over to the driver’s seat.
Police found Nguyen’s dismembered body in black plastic bags in the van, according to a court affidavit. Investigators also found receipts from a Goshen store for items such as a hacksaw, shovels, large knife, plastic tub, and tarps. When they went to the store, surveillance video showed three men purchasing the items and getting into Nguyen’s van.
Investigators also found a picture of Cramer on social media at a storage facility. Detectives went there and found a bloodied tarp and a knife. According to the affidavit, police believe this is where Nguyen was dismembered.
According to the affidavit, Cramer asked Shane Van Nguyen for a ride from Elkhart to Fort Wayne. He allegedly told the police that he planned to kill Nguyen before reaching Fort Wayne.
The two went to the storage unit on North Coliseum boulevard where Cramer allegedly choked out Nguyen until he was unconscious then slammed his head into the pavement.
The affidavit said Cramer then pulled Nguyen’s body into the storage unit where he “completed killing” Nguyen. He then left and drove back to Goshen to buy the items along with Carreon-Hamilton and Clements.
With Nguyen’s stolen money, Cramer told Clements and Carreon-Hamilton to purchase the items. Clements was dropped off before the other two returned to the storage unit.
The affidavit said Cramer used a knife to cut the body while Carreon-Hamilton held the body and coached Cramer on “how to cut the body.”
The two then loaded the van with the dismembered body ready to dispose of it but a police officer spotted the vehicle.
According to the affidavit, Jacob D. Carreon-Hamilton told police he had nothing to do with the murder. He allegedly said when he came to Fort Wayne, Matthew Cramer took him to the storage unit and showed him the body.
Matthew Cramer has been charged with murder, abuse of a corpse, and resisting law enforcement. While Jacob Carreon-Hamilton was charged with assisting a criminal, abuse of a corpse, and resisting law enforcement.
No charges have been filed against Clements
A Gofundme has been setup to help Nguyen’s family during this devastating time.