Suspect In Roxhill Park Murder Connected With Previous Homicide Case

By Jonah Spangenthal-Lee September 28, 2010

The 21-year-old gang-affiliated Pacific, Washington man arrested in connection with the beating death of a man in Roxhill park last week was previously charged in connection with another murder in Pacific just two years ago, court records say.

Prosecutors filed charges against Chatri Lime Thip in 2008 for "rendering criminal assistance" after he hid a handgun for a friend involved in a fatal shooting at a community center.

Court records say on November 14th, 2008, Thip's friend, opened fire on a crowd at the Pacific Community Center following a dispute. Thip's friend fired at least eight times, fatally striking one man in the heart.

Following the shooting, Thip, who was also involved in the dispute, hid the gun used under a laundry basket in his home.

Police later served a search warrant on Thip's home and recovered the gun.

Court records say Thip was previously affiliated with the Tiny Rascals Gang, based in Sea-Tac.

Sources say Thip did not serve prison time in connection with the case, and was released following his conviction, having only spent time in jail.

Prosecutors have filed charges against Thip for the Roxhill case, and we'll post details shortly.

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