Submitted by Lt. Chris Lawler, Lakewood Police Department.
Detectives have been working tirelessly on this case since the inception and following up on numerous tips and information.
On November 8, Detectives had enough information to request Murder warrants from the Pierce County Prosecutor on the suspects responsible for the Robbery and Homicide of 59 year old In Cha Choe.
The suspect that went into the store was identified as 24 year old MARCUS L. WILLIAMS.
The suspect that drove the getaway car was identified as 20 year old BONIFACIO ALVAREZ REYNOLDS.
A plan was put together to arrest Williams when he checked in with his DOC Probation Officer on the morning of 11-12-19 and to pick up Reynolds shortly after. The suspects did not show up for the DOC appointment and are presumably on the run.
UPDATE TO THIS ORIGINAL RELEASE: Reynolds turned himself in at his residence in Tacoma. LPD has the vehicle. Williams remains at large.
LPD is still asking for the public’s help in locating both suspects and cautions the public that they may be armed and dangerous.
Detectives were able to piece together what they believed happened on the evening of October 14. They believe that WILLIAMS and REYNOLDS drove to the McChord Mart to commit a robbery. REYNOLDS waited nearby in the car while WILLIAMS went into the store.
WILLIAMS walked into the store and grabbed a bottle of BBQ sauce off the shelf and took it to the register. He set the bottle on the counter and went around the counter to take the money out of the register. CHOE fought back and tried to stop WILLIAMS from taking the money. WILLIAMS stabbed CHOE several times as she continued to fight him off. WILLIAMS ran to the door while being chased by CHOE, who armed herself with a collapsible baton. CHOE swung the baton at WILLIAMS as he was trying to get out of the store. He pushed her away at the doorway and fled on foot northbound to a waiting vehicle driven by REYNOLDS.
CHOE went back into the store, locked the door and tried to take off in her car. She never made it out of the parking lot and succumbed to her injuries while in her vehicle.
After the murder, WILLIAMS and REYNOLDS bragged about the robbery to a friend. A day later, they told the friend that they then realized that CHOE had died because they saw the articles in the news. The friend tried to encourage them to turn themselves in, but they declined.
A couple of weeks later, the friend came to us with the information on WILLIAMS and REYNOLDS.
LPD Forensic Services had collected a DNA sample from the BBQ sauce bottle when they processed the crime scene. The sample was rushed for processing and we got a DNA hit on MARCUS WILLIAMS.
Murder warrants were issued on November 8 for WILLIAMS and REYNOLDS.
It is believed they may be traveling together in a sky blue colored 1990 Toyota Camry 4 door sedan with WA license BQC7358. The vehicle has plastic over the rear window and a black rear bumper. If the vehicle is seen, call 911 and DO NOT approach the car of the occupants.
Link to store video of incident youtu.be/mZhZ0kjtHmQ
Please contact Lt. Chris Lawler for additional information.