SAN FRANCISCO (KCBS) – San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee called on federal immigration officials to adopt policies that would prevent undocumented felons from being returned to the communities where they committed the crime if they cannot be repatriated.

Mayor Lee said Binh Thai Luc, arrested on suspicion of killing five victims found inside a home near San Francisco City College, should not have been allowed to return to the Bay Area after Vietnam refused to allow him back.

“We’ve got to have the federal authorities think through those alternatives,” Lee said Tuesday.

KCBS’ Margie Shafer Reports:

San Francisco resident Binh Thai Luc, 35, was arrested Sunday
morning on suspicion of five counts of homicide.

The deportation order came in 2006 after Luc served an 11-year sentence for a 1998 armed robbery in San Jose, but the Vietnamese government would not provide travel documents for the deportation to take place.

Luc was released back to authorities in Santa Clara County, and ultimately took up residence in San Francisco after he was released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement. The 35-year-old was arrested in the city for the Howth Street murders on Sunday.

One of the victims identified by the Medical Examiner’s Office on Monday, Hua Shun Lei, was a chef at the R&G Lounge in Chinatown.

“The staff there had kind of their own memorial yesterday for their lost chef. It’s a horrible tragedy,” Lee said.

Lei’s wife, 62-year-old Wan Yi Wu, 30-year-old Chia Huei Chu, 37-year-old Ying Xue Lei and 32-year-old Vincent Lei were also found dead by a relative who entered the home on March 23.

Police said the slayings do not appear gang-related, despite gang ties that turned up during the investigation. Luc’s brother was arrested on the same day on unrelated drug and weapons charges.

Police have not indicated a motive for the slayings.

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Comments (9)
  1. Clarence R. Fischer says:

    If neither country wants him, is there not some “remote island” in the middle of nowhere, that this person can be dropped off at ….. and he can become “ruler” of his little plot of land????

  2. donovan says:

    Clarence, more likely than not, Mr. Luc’s permanent residence will be a cell block. I doubt he needs to worry about what island or neighborhood will have him.

  3. Harry Points says:

    What’s wrong with Lee? Sf is a sanctuary city and they do not bother illegals. that is what Newsome and the rest decided. Now SF just has to live with these drimes and murders till they learn to obey the same laws everyone else lives with.

  4. unknown says:

    No one to blame but SanFrancisco the city where you are able to do as you please and murder is no different,and by all means do not think it will not happen to you

  5. geneL says:

    SANCTUARY is the reason this is all happening. Now is the time to pay the piper. Folks need to realize that one cannot always just act with the heart, it takes a brain too!

  6. Sherman L says:

    just play nice with ICE. You can’t have it both ways. how many more need to Die ?

  7. Barry says:

    BLah…bhla…bhla…illegals cause countless crimes in our city and most get away with it day in and day out. Once in awhile their caught, slapped on the hand and told to be nice. They continue to victimize again and again. Mayor Lee is blowing smoke out his rear end. Sanctuary cities….where every illegal criminal has a home and a wonderful life. Take a look at what’s happening south of the border because this is what is in store for all the sanctuary cities.