2 suspects in Freehold double murder appear in court
The two men accused of brutally killing a man and his sister in Freehold on Wednesday appeared in court yesterday. The men heard the charges made against them through an interpreter.
Dong Biao Lin, 24, and Zeng Liang Chen, 20, both of New York City, have each been charged with murder, felony murder, armed robbery, possession of a weapon for an unlawful purpose and armed burglary.
Authorities released some of the gruesome details about the killings of 39-year old Yao Chen and his sister, 28-year-old Yun Juan Chen. Marc LeMieux, Director of the Major Crimes Bureau at the Monmouth County Prosecutor's Office, called the murders, "a brutal and violent attack that was planned and calculated."
Investigators said that Zeng Liang Chen allegedly bound Yao Chen and held him down on the ground while Lin allegedly stabbed him 50 times. Zeng Liang Chen was also accused of using brass knuckles to attack the victims. Investigators also said that Lin allegedly was the man who stabbed Yun Juan Chen.
Authorities also uncovered details of how the men came to the United States. Investigators believe that Zeng Liang Chen is an illegal immigrant. Lin was apparently issued a Social Security number and a work visa.
Authorities believe the men targeted the family because they believed there were large sums of cash stashed inside the home. The family owns the Golden Taste restaurant on Jackson Street in town.
Superior Court Judge Thomas Scully increased bail to $4 million cash only for each of the suspects.
2 dead in 'brutal' double murder in Freehold