FULLERTON (CBSLA) – A 51-year-old man has been arrested in the killing of a retired Cal State Fullerton administrator which occurred on a campus parking lot Monday.
Fullerton police announced that Chuyen Vo was taken into custody Wednesday night on murder charges in the stabbing death of 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan of Hacienda Heights.
Vo was also a Cal State Fullerton employee, described by police as a coworker of Chan. He was arrested at his Huntington Beach home at around 10:30 p.m. Wednesday.
“We now know that Vo and Chan were coworkers here at Cal State Fullerton, and beyond them being coworkers, we cannot comment specifically on their work relationship,” Fullerton Police Chief Robert Dunn told reporters.
Chan was a retired annuitant who had returned to the school to work in international student registration. Dunn would not provide a motive in the killing, only to say that Vo acted alone in planning the crime.
At about 8:45 a.m. Monday, Chan was found with multiple stab wounds in a silver Infiniti sedan parked in a lot outside an administrative building in the 600 block of Langsdorf Drive. He died at the scene.
A bomb squad later discovered a backpack underneath his car which had an incendiary device inside, along with tools that could be used in a kidnapping. Investigators also found a weapon similar to that used in the homicide.
Fullerton police Lt. Jon Radus said Thursday that investigators “are confident” the backpack belonged to Vo.
“That backpack obviously did play a role in our investigation, a significant role,” Radus said.
Vo is being held in Orange County Jail without bail. His first court appearance is scheduled for Friday.