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Woman arrested in 1993 for killing a California shopkeeper

A 61-year-old woman was arrested in Oklahoma last week for killing a California shopkeeper in 1993 after investigators used new “forensic technology” to solve the cold case, police said Thursday.

Rayna Elizabeth Hoffman-Ramos was arrested last week awaiting extradition to the Bay Area to face charges in the fatal shooting of Shu Ming Tang, officials said.

Tang, a Taiwanese immigrant, was shot in the chest on April 26, 1993 while working at his family business in San Carlos, the Devonshire Little Store.

“Mr. Tang was a husband, father, and friend who came to the United States to help his family have a better life,” San Carlos Mayor Sara McDowell said at a news conference Thursday.

“His death rocked the San Carlos community and has remained a topic of discussion over the years.”

A woman was seen leaving the store after the “heist went wrong,” but California detectives didn’t get a break on the case until it was reassigned in 2018, officials said.

Hoffman-Ramos was arrested in Dewey, Oklahoma last week after detectives claimed she was linked to the murder, citing unspecified advances “in forensic technology.”

Shu Ming Tang immigrated from Taiwan to start his family business.
Shu Ming Tang immigrated from Taiwan to start his family business.
Sheriff of San Mateo
Rayna Elizabeth Hoffman Ramos
Rayna Elizabeth Hoffman-Ramos is accused of fatally shooting Shu Ming Tang in a botched robbery in San Carlos, California.
San Mateo Sheriff’s Office via AP

San Mateo County Sheriff Carlos Bolanos thanked Tang’s family for their support, adding he hopes they “finally get the justice and closure they deserve.”

With AP wires

https://nypost.com/2022/03/24/woman-arrested-for-killing-california-shop-keeper-in-1993/ Woman arrested in 1993 for killing a California shopkeeper

JACLYN DIAZ

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