By William McCurry
SAN FRANCISCO – San Francisco District Attorney Chesa Boudin has indicted Lawrence Thomas and Tyjone Flournoy for the murder of 76-year-old private investigator Jack Palladino and Antoine Watson for the murder of 86-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee on two unrelated cases.
“My heart goes out to the families of both victims for these senseless, violent attacks. These horrific crimes make seniors and all of us feel insecure, ”Boudin said. He claims that violent crimes are his number one priority and that the people who committed these crimes will be held accountable for murder.
On January 28, 2021, Palladino was violently attacked in front of his home by the two men who tried to rob him. Palladino’s camera captured evidence of the suspect’s car and license plate.
Known in the San Francisco area for decades of investigative work, Boudin noted, adding, “Our hearts ache for his family.”
When the two suspects were initially charged, Palladino was still alive and so they were subjected to an attempted murder. Now, once the cause of death is obtained, prosecutors are expecting a change in the murder charges.
The Palladino suspects were also charged with attempted robbery. Kidnapping to commit robbery; Attack with a deadly weapon; Violent attack that can cause serious bodily harm; Abuse of the elderly; and false incarceration.
Another horrific murder occurred on January 28, when 86-year-old Vicha Ratanapakdee was attacked in the Anza Vista neighborhood.
Earlier that day, suspect Watson was stopped by officials for traffic violations with a minor collision. Body cam footage identified Watson as a suspect of the murder. Watson has been charged with the murder and ill-treatment of the elderly that caused death.
The murder of Ratanapakdee was particularly painful for America’s Asia-Pacific islander community, which had suffered numerous incidents of violence, hatred and racism since the beginning of the global pandemic.
Both cases have ongoing investigations and Boudin said he is in contact with Police Chief William Scott and Mayor London Breed who promote public safety in San Francisco.
William McCurry is a fourth year in Sacramento State with a major in criminal justice. He is from Brentwood, California.
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