Twins arrested in fatal stabbing

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Anh Tong (left) and Duc Tong

Police in San Jose, Calif., have arrested 18-year-old twin brothers in the stabbing death of a San Jose State University student.

Anh and Duc Tong, of San Jose, are suspected of killing 22-year-old Richard Pham on the morning of Jan. 26.

According to a press release from the San Jose Police Department, Pham was at the home of a friend celebrating a birthday.

At some point, a fight broke out and “the suspects turned on the victim and stabbed him at least one time.” Pham was taken to a hospital, where he was pronounced dead.

The suspects, who had fled the scene before police arrived, were located the next day. It was unclear which Tong brother was suspected of the stabbing. Both brothers were booked into the Santa Clara County jail, and are being held without bail.

According to the San Jose Mercury Times, the stabbing occurred while Pham was attempting to break up the fight, which occurred in the Piedmont Hills neighborhood.

The Mercury Times reported that mug shots after the twins’ arrests “strongly suggest the suspects are identical twins, but police declined to comment on that.”

The news report added that DNA testing might prove inconclusive because if the twins are identical, they share the same DNA. (end)

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