Cindy Nguyen’s Body Found in California

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Police in San Jose, California say they have found the body of Cindy Nguyen, 60, the victim of a kidnap-killing. She was found in a garage on Saturday in the Willow Glen neighborhood of San Jose. They are appealing to the public for help in finding the suspect, 33-year-old Paul Ray Castillo, a parolee whom they believe to be armed and dangerous. Castillo allegedly went on a violent spree on Friday that, in addition to Nguyen’s murder, included the shooting of a 42-year-old man at a nearby gas station. His identity and current medical condition have not been released to the public. A SWAT team and police homicide and robbery detectives are collaborating in the search for Paul Ray Castillo–including nearly 60 officers, police dogs and helicopters–all the while issuing warnings about his potential for brutality.

In a long, depressing parade of stories involving violence against women, Castillo is believed to have carjacked Cindy Nguyen’s Lexus sedan in the parking lot of a shopping center, and returned her to her home, which is a few miles away, before murdering her in cold blood. She worked as an office manager and hosted a radio show on a Vietnamese station. There was an incident at an apartment complex when police saw Paul Ray Castillo come toward them in a threatening manner, therefore they shot at him, but it is unclear whether Castillo was hit. He escaped on foot, and Cindy Nguyen’s Lexus was found parked at the complex, instantly pointing Castillo toward the crime. San Jose police spokesman José Garcia told media, “At this point we’re looking at all possibilities as far as his whereabouts, and continuing to develop leads.” Paul Ray Castillo had already violated the terms of his parole, but Garcia stated that he does not know his original crime.

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