Man Searching for Wife Accused of Holding Items Ransom

Created: 01/30/2013 12:29 PM By: Jennie Olson

A St. Paul man is accused of stealing numerous items from a house and saying he would keep them until he got his wife back.

Lino Lakes police officers were called to a home on the 2000 block of West Cedar Street around 4:42 p.m. Monday, Jan. 14. The victim said three men broke into his house and stole numerous items.

The victim said his older brother had a girlfriend, and he recognized one of the suspects as her husband. The suspect was identified as 24-year-old Cheng Pao Vue of St. Paul.

The victim told police that Vue and the two men started ringing his doorbell around 1:30 p.m. that day and walking around his house. The victim didn’t answer but said the men kicked in his bedroom door a little while later. Vue was allegedly holding a knife and a screwdriver while asking for his wife and the victim’s older brother.

Vue allegedly told the victim that the men were going to take items from the house and hold them until he got his wife back. Items reported missing included a flat screen TV, jewelry, coins, clothing, and electronics. The value was estimated at more than $24,000.

The men reportedly left around 2:15 p.m. in a Saturn.

The victim told police that Vue and another man were at his house looking for Vue’s wife and the victim’s brother a few days before that as well, and that time the victim let them into the house. That day, Vue allegedly took an Xbox game console and games and told them that he would hold them until his wife returned, according to the victim.

Police eventually found Vue and arrested him. He admitted going to the victim’s house and taking the Xbox system and games, but he denied taking the items on Jan. 14 and denied having a knife, according to the criminal complaint.
Vue has been charged with first-degree burglary and two counts of theft. If convicted, he faces up to 20 years in prison and $35,000 in fines on the burglary charge, up to 10 years in prison and $20,000 in fines on one theft charge, and up to five years in prison and $10,000 in fines on the second theft charge.