WESTMINSTER, Calif. – A waitress has been accused of ordering the killings of two customers who allegedly made rude remarks and tried to grab her as she served drinks at a Vietnamese nightclub, authorities said.
Ngan Thi Bich Vo, 20, was arrested Tuesday as she allegedly prepared to flee to Vietnam, police said. The woman's boyfriend, wanted for questioning about the Aug. 16 killings, may have left the country.
Vo was among three people named in a murder complaint stemming from the fatal shootings of Tri Thanh Phan, 38, and Kurt Martinsen, 29, at a Garden Grove nightclub. The men reportedly bought Vo a rose as a gesture of apology shortly before they were gunned down.
According to Garden Grove Police Lt. Mike Handfield, Vo called her boyfriend, who was at another nightclub, and told him she felt two customers had insulted her by tugging on her skirt and trying to flirt with her.
"She was highly upset, and that may have been the anger that caused this," Handfield said. "She called and facilitated the murders. There is evidence that suggested that she took part in a message to 'take care of business.'"
A gunman walked into the crowded restaurant, strode past four tables, opened fire and then fled into a getaway car. Two men allegedly in the getaway car were arrested.
Bail for all three suspects was set at $1 million each; arraignment was scheduled for Oct. 15.