Contra Costa Office of the Sheriff Investigating Home Invasion Robbery in Alamo

January 29, 2015 10:47 am · 40 comments

The Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff is investigating a home invasion robbery that occurred in Alamo very early Wednesday morning.

At about 1:50am, Deputy Sheriffs were dispatched to a report of an armed home invasion robbery on the first block of Crest Avenue in Alamo. The victims stated that while they were sleeping, several armed suspects entered the residence, threatened the occupants and demanded valuables. After receiving some property, the suspects fled.

Deputies set up a perimeter and used a police K-9 in an effort to locate the suspects, however, they were able to evade capture.

The suspects are currently outstanding, and the investigation is ongoing, according to the Office of the Sheriff.

The Office of the Sheriff did not provide a description of the suspects.

Anyone with any information on this case is asked to call the Contra Costa County Office of the Sheriff Investigation Division at (925) 313-2600. For any tips, call (866) 846-3592 to leave an anonymous voice message or email:

73 MONTE CARLO January 29, 2015 at 10:50 AM

Scary. I hope they catch these thugs.

Sick Of It January 29, 2015 at 10:52 AM

The Office of the Sheriff did not provide a description of the suspects.

Really…………..nothing about 4 black males with rifles threatening to shoot family members?

Sick Of It January 29, 2015 at 11:01 AM


Does it even matter anymore? The poor, misunderstood, having a bad day, victims of society, products of their (not given enough benefits) environment trumps any charges that may result in a reasonable prison term.

Besides prison is like summer camp for these feral animals.

The Mamba January 29, 2015 at 11:04 AM

Why would someone randomly break into a house in Alamo with weapons unless they knew something worth the risk would be there?

foonman January 29, 2015 at 11:07 AM

someone had inside information on this otherwise it doesn’t make sense….

73 MONTE CARLO January 29, 2015 at 11:17 AM

The Mamba #4

Something worth the risk in Alamo? Have you been to Alamo lately? It’s not exactly the poor folks.

Anonymous January 29, 2015 at 11:18 AM

No description?

Scott January 29, 2015 at 11:53 AM

Come on man!

unbelievable January 29, 2015 at 12:05 PM

I guess you can say they had to stop by their ATM before they went.and.picked up their drugs,

Tyler January 29, 2015 at 12:06 PM

Gee, I wonder what the description of the suspects could be? The Sheriff’s Office doesn’t have to say what the description is because we already know there is only one breed that commits this type of crime. It’s a no-brainer. Let’s just say it sill be NO SURPRISE to anyone when the suspect descriptions do get published. Typical is the best word for the situation. When will it stop?

P.I January 29, 2015 at 12:13 PM

Gardner? High School friends? Repairman? Think back to who has been in your home lately and would come back for the goodies.

@Mayor January 29, 2015 at 12:36 PM

How come you delete some peoples comments, but you let racist, hurtful comments slip through on a daily basis? Shouldn’t it be all or nothing?

Incognito January 29, 2015 at 12:47 PM

Just goes to show, crime happens EVERYWHERE, and not just in “terrible” Concord.

@#12 January 29, 2015 at 12:50 PM

I think you’re probably right. It is right near freeway onramps at Rudgear, but usually these are not completely random.

I’ll hold off on guessing the race of the suspects though. There is certainly a disproportionate amount of crime being committed by certain races, but members of the Asian community are frequently the victims/suspect in home invasions in the Bay Area. Wouldn’t be unusual for an Asian gang to be involved.

J. January 29, 2015 at 12:55 PM

James Gardner from the Rockman Files?

PandoraHD January 29, 2015 at 12:59 PM

This is what the 4th amendment is for! Maybe the man of the house should’ve just peed on them. ANYONE entering a home with weapons means only one thing. The need to meet a .40 caliber to the forehead.

Weapon January 29, 2015 at 1:12 PM

Weapon, no…that would have been too easy.

Concord Grape January 29, 2015 at 1:32 PM

J #16 are you being funny or are you too young to have seen the show? Gardner, Rockman? Really

94521 January 29, 2015 at 1:33 PM

Err, is Alamo part of Claycord now? Aren’t there enough robberies in Concord, Martinez, Walnut Creek to report on?

Jesse January 29, 2015 at 1:33 PM

A few years ago there was a home invasion robbery in Alamo. Somebody ended up getting shot. The police traced it back to a delivery person who had recently been at the house. Home invasion robberies like this are rarely random.

Jesse James January 29, 2015 at 1:39 PM

For the record I was nowhere near Alamo this morning.

zorb January 29, 2015 at 2:23 PM

The article states the suspects are outstanding. Really? I thought no one knew who they were?
As my old chief would say, out-effing-standing!

Dirk Diggler January 29, 2015 at 2:26 PM

I would defend my home, but would really hate cleaning up the mess.

Thugs everywhere January 29, 2015 at 2:26 PM

Smells like Concord perps to me. these thugs are making their way down the 680 corridor, so Alamo seems like the next logical step. Concord, Walnut Creek have already been robbed enough.

Next stops: Danville, San Ramon, Pleasanton, etc.

Thugs everywhere January 29, 2015 at 2:30 PM

Robberies are not just limited to residential areas, or homes. Do you guys think that condo complexes are safe? I think these fools find a way to sneak into gated communities and lobbies pretending to be members of the community. Protect yourselves people. otherwise you are just another victim.

always keep that six shooter handy. #eastbayisthenewsouthcentral.

@pandora January 29, 2015 at 2:49 PM

Did you mean 4 th amendment?

local celebrity January 29, 2015 at 3:13 PM

those “people” again.

Fact Luvin Pro Fi January 29, 2015 at 3:45 PM

@ Pandora HD….
Put down the pipe buddy… 4th amendment protects against unreasonable search & seizure… I think your are seeing double and referring to the second amendment?

@#21 January 29, 2015 at 3:52 PM

Until just a few years ago that street was unincorporated Walnut Creek. The Alamo designation is relatively recent. It’s not like the people don’t feel they live in Walnut Creek anymore just because their address technically changed. I would say that’s still Claycord.

local celebrity January 29, 2015 at 3:54 PM

urban culture creeping into the ‘burbs. The lefties love it.

local celebrity January 29, 2015 at 5:03 PM

more importantly, are we doing enough to ensure our urban visitors feel welcome in our community?

matt carrera January 29, 2015 at 5:29 PM

Interesting this home just sold a couple of months ago there. Might be same home and movers or someone tipped them off.

Bob Foo January 29, 2015 at 6:58 PM


Nice link. I like how the ad boasts, “Features: Security system.”

Wonder if they were actually using it.

PhilthyPHRESH January 29, 2015 at 8:02 PM

@13 feel me…..

Just Me January 29, 2015 at 10:11 PM

Very sad we have such evil people in this world.

Nokeem January 29, 2015 at 10:42 PM

Dont like it, don’t go there? This doesn’t apply to stolen goods! Their only other consumer is the ones who are unfortunate to not do their homework. Cash for Gold is not competitive in comparison to pawn shops. Do I really need to say why?

Bader94041 January 30, 2015 at 5:20 AM

Why all the fuss about home invasions in Alamo?


Two gunmen behind a fatal botched robbery in an exclusive Alamo home were members of a Stockton street gang who carefully planned the invasion, police said yesterday.

But if the intruders were counting on little resistance, they got more than they expected when, carrying semiautomatic pistols, they burst into the home on Incline Green Lane shortly before 6 p.m. Tuesday. The home’s owner, Kim Fang, an accomplished marksman, shot one robber dead and critically wounded another, police said.

Fang, 49, was wounded during the gunfight and died hours later at John Muir Medical Center in Walnut Creek, where he had worked for eight years as a plastic surgeon until his retirement in 1994.

The dead robber was identified last night as Mesa Kasem, 22, and his wounded accomplice as Soknoeum Nem, 21, both of Stockton.

Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Capt. George Lawrence said the gunmen were convicted felons and members of the Asian Street Walkers gang. They were being investigated for similar crimes against Asians elsewhere in the Bay Area.

Nem is a parolee classified as a violent offender with convictions for assault, burglary and auto theft.

Kasem, who served prison time for shooting a woman in Stockton, was subsequently detained behind bars as a “lifer” by the Immigration and Naturalization Service because he was considered a violent criminal.

Kasem, however, successfully fought his INS detention and was released.

Last night, police served search warrants at the Stockton homes where Nem and Kasem lived, but investigators declined to say what, if anything, was seized from the properties.

Investigators disclosed yesterday that they found a blue Mazda that Nem and Kasem had rented in Stockton, parked a block away from the Fang home. Inside, they found a handwritten note with Kim Fang’s name and address. The suspects had used their own names to rent the car, police said.

Investigators also were able to provide a clearer picture of how the robbery attempt went awry.

Nem and Kasem were probably after jewelry or cash in the home, Lawrence said. There were no statements or demands from the two men when they rushed the house, police said.

One of the suspects was attacked with a frying pan by Fang’s wife, Winnie Fang, who answered their knock on the front door. Winnie Fang, an anesthesiologist, was shot once in the chest but was expected to be released last night from Stanford Medical Center.

Her brother, Richard Law, was in the living room and came to his sister’s aid when he heard her screams, struggling with the suspects before he was ordered to the floor. A nanny, Melee Jung, was pistol-whipped by one intruder.

“I think they were fighting for their lives,” Lawrence said.

It was not until Kim Fang, working in an upstairs office, heard the commotion and came downstairs that the shooting started, police said. Exactly who fired first was still being sorted out yesterday, but investigators said Kim Fang mortally wounded Kasem with rounds to the head, chest and leg.

Nem, who was tied up with telephone cords by the family and held for police, is in Eden Medical Center in Castro Valley in fair condition. He is under arrest but is heavily sedated and has not yet been interviewed by police. He is expected to be charged with murder and robbery.

The Fangs’ two children, ages 10 and 13, were not hurt during the attack and ran to a neighbor’s home for help, Lawrence said.

Court records said the surviving suspect’s nickname is “Half Dead,” and family members confirmed the unusual nickname, saying it stuck after Nem — who lived as a young child in war-torn Cambodia — survived when a bomb he was playing with exploded. The family moved to Connecticut in 1983 to escape the Khmer Rouge.

Standing outside Nem’s home in Stockton, Nem’s girlfriend and some of his relatives were stunned to learn of his alleged involvement in Fang’s death when informed by The Chronicle yesterday. Nem’s 15- year-old sister, Sophoem Nem, acknowledged that her brother had been a gang member since his early teens but said he had recently been trying to change his life and talked of becoming a monk.

Nem had been picked up Tuesday evening by a jailhouse friend known to the family only as “Mesa” and had left a note behind saying he was going to Sacramento, said Nem’s girlfriend, who asked not to be named.

Kasem’s relatives also expressed disbelief that he was involved in such a violent attack.

“My brother is a good person,” said Prany Kasem, 32, a preschool teacher. “He has a good heart. He wanted to start his life all over again” after serving prison time for a gang-related shooting.

Kasem, told the Los Angeles Times in a September 1998 interview about INS detentions that he had been a gang member in Stockton since his teens and had served prison time for shooting a woman in Stockton. After completing his prison sentence in 1997, he was taken by the INS, which could not deport him to Cambodia and refused to return him to American society.

“The way things are going, I cannot even imagine freedom now,” Kasem told the Times from a Lancaster jail.

But Kasem, who had arrived in the United States from Cambodia at age 3, and his family fought his detention.

“What are we going to do? Sit here and wait for my brother to rot?” his sister Raksan Kasem had told the Times.

The brutal attack in Alamo shocked the community, where many homes carry multimillion-dollar price tags and residents value their privacy. Debra Fong-Kong, a parent at one of the local schools, said, “It’s unheard of in this community. The location of the house seems like the last place they would find. It’s absolutely horrible.”

Kim Fang was a member of the Contra Costa Sheriff’s Posse, a ceremonial fund-raising arm of the department. Fang had held a concealed weapons permit through the sheriff’s department since 1989.

According to investigators, Fang requested permission to carry a gun because of unspecified threats made to him or to his medical practice that year. He had qualified to renew the permit since then without incident.

The Fang family was described by officials as distraught over the publicity in the case. Sheriff Warren Rupf, who knew Kim Fang and visited Winnie Fang at Stanford Medical Center, declined to comment on the couple, saying he was respecting the family’s wishes for privacy.

Terry Fultz, the Fangs’ former next-door neighbor, said Fang revealed details about his investments and other property to strangers.

“I wonder if Kim said one thing too many to somebody he didn’t really know,” Fultz said. ..
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They also have a message board devoted to just this topic, and the antis are getting HAMMERED. This from the SF Bay area? There is hope yet.

J. January 30, 2015 at 5:52 PM

@Concord Grape

I was poking fun at P.I who suggested maybe the Gardner did it.

BTW, Crest Avenue ends in Alamo; it starts in NutCreek.

mall employee January 30, 2015 at 11:37 PM

Crime is everywhere and I think all homeowners should consider getting or updating alarm systems. I recently updated mind and many of my neighboors have as well. I plan to install cameras inside soon.

slagheap January 31, 2015 at 4:47 PM

claycord includes san pablo, orinda, plus any & all points within a 25 mile radius, depending on how much space the mayor has to fill.

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