Tapes of 911 calls believed key to slaying investigation
Hsiao Hong Hsu, 45, was shot to death Wednesday while on the phone with a dispatcher to report a break in. Police in West Covina and Los Angeles County received at least two calls related to the case, officials said. One from the Hsu home; and at least one, if not more, from witnesses who claimed to see as many as three Latino men fleeing the area, police said. «The 911 tapes may not ever be released,» said Steve Whitmore, spokesman for Sheriff Lee Baca. «That’s according to the homicide lieutenant. The calls are part of the investigation. Two shots occurred while Hsu was on the phone. During their initial crime scene investigation, detectives discovered a gun and gloves along Via Caballos, a secluded road that leads to the rear of Hsu’s home, according to neighbor Irene Marquez. A total of eight evidence markers lay strewn on the road Friday. One, marked «A» is attached to a low fence at the back of a vegetable garden behind the home Hsu shared with husband Robert Chien, 44. The seven other evidence markers follow the semi circular Via Caballos for about 600 feet and abruptly come to an end. Across the road from the last marker, tall weeds have been clearly trampled in a path that leads downhill to an unmapped gravel driveway. The long driveway winds behind homes on adjacent Quail Valley Lane for about one tenth of a mile. According to public records, Chien and Hsu owned a home on Quail Valley Lane. Neighbors claim Chien was showing the home to prospective buyers when his wife was killed. cheap jerseys Via Caballos and the area leading to Quail Valley Lane were cordoned off for a time after the discovery of Hsu’s body. In separate interviews, two former homicide detectives said the driveway and Via Caballos were likely points of entry and exit from the home because Hsu and Chien had not secured that portion of their property. It is unclear if the motive was burglary, or if anything was taken. Detectives have not said if Hsu was targeted. With the initial investigation of the crime scene pretty much complete, detectives will now focus on motive, means and opportunity, said Judd N. Green, president of The Green Consulting Group in Indianapolis, Ind. Green is a former homicide detective and former deputy coroner who specializes in death investigations. After 31 years in law enforcement he retired eight years ago to pursue a career in the private sector. «The homicide detectives are going to focus on the last person to see victim alive and the closest person emotionally,» Green said. Sheriff’s homicide Lt. Dan Rosenberg said Thursday «the husband is not considered a suspect.» Green said detectives would also likely perform a «psychological autopsy» of Hsu reconstructing the last 24 hours of her life. He said homicide investigators are somewhat like art connoisseurs. «When an art critic looks at a painting he can tell by the subject matter and the brush strokes, without reading the signature that it’s a Van Gogh.» Green said. «A crime scene is a painting that’s been left to dry by the killer, and killers fall into patterns.» A second former detective, who said he routinely consults with Los Angeles County investigators, said anyone with a connection to the Chien home will be interrogated by detectives. «They are already checking on the workers, the gardener, the pool man,» said the former detective who asked that his name be withheld. «Next thing will be putting everyone on lie boxes. It’s fast and it’s cheap and you don’t have to go around checking alibis.» The front of the Chien home has a wrought iron gate that can withstand 1,400 pounds of pressure, according to former homeowner Rebecca Rodriguez. The home, known throughout the Covina Hills neighborhood as «the Castle,» was sold in August for $2.1 million by Rodriguez and her husband to Hsu and Chien, who put $1million down and closed escrow in 30 days, Rodriguez said. «They brought a feng shui guy in and everybody was happy,» Rodriguez said. The former owner said she never had safety concerns while living in the 6,000 square http://www.cheapjerseys11.com/ foot home that features a swimming pool, a tennis court and two basketball hoops. «Most of the time we never even locked our doors,» she said. 2717 View Larger Map.