A person is charged with homicide over the dying of a lady in an Eagan lodge room

A person is charged with homicide over the dying of a lady in an Eagan lodge room

EAGAN, Minn. – Simply over three weeks after a lady was discovered useless in an Eagan lodge room, a Little Canada man has been arrested and charged together with her homicide.

The Dakota County Prosecutor’s Workplace has charged Philip Wong, 25, with second-degree homicide and first-degree manslaughter within the Oct. 12 dying of 53-year-old Jian-Chen Zhang.

In keeping with the legal criticism filed Monday, Zhang was discovered bent over one of many beds within the lodge room, face down and chilly to the contact shortly earlier than midnight by a lodge worker and a “involved good friend.” When officers arrived on the lodge, they discovered that Zhang had been taken to the bottom so paramedics may perform life-saving efforts, however she was ultimately pronounced useless on the scene.

Throughout the investigation, authorities stated they spoke with the lady’s good friend, who instructed her that Zhang was a intercourse employee. The good friend stated that the lady’s “group” requested them to examine on her after they “had not heard from her for some time.” The “group” allegedly instructed the good friend that Zhang met a shopper on the lodge round 3pm on October 12, and that the group acquired a textual content message from Zhang’s telephone at 3:39pm, stating that the shopper had left.

“Quite a few makes an attempt” to achieve Zhang by “the group” after 3:45 p.m. went unanswered, the criticism stated.

Investigators later discovered via Chang’s good friend and lodge surveillance that Wong met Chang on the lodge that afternoon shortly earlier than 3 p.m. Prosecutors stated the footage then confirmed Wong leaving the constructing at 3:48 p.m.

One other witness — recognized as a housekeeper on the lodge — spoke with investigators, saying she entered the room together with her keycard at about 4:30 p.m. when Zhang didn’t reply the door. However when she went inside, she stated she noticed Chang leaning over the facet of the mattress and instantly working out of the room, in line with the criticism.


Credit score: Dakota County

Philip Wong



Within the wake of Zhang’s dying, authorities seen the room’s entry card, which confirmed that she had been entered solely 3 times on October 12 — as soon as at 4:41 p.m., concurrently with the housekeeper; And as soon as at 10:56 p.m., together with one other lodge worker; Lastly, at 11:56, concurrently the lodge worker and his good friend who would ultimately report the lady’s situation to the police.

On Oct. 17, the criticism said, a search warrant was executed at Wong’s residence. Prosecutors allege that clothes matching Wong’s description was collected on the time of Chang’s dying, in addition to a cellphone. Throughout questioning, Wong allegedly instructed police that he went to the Egan Lodge that day to “obtain a therapeutic massage and cuddle” in response to a web based commercial.

He went on to inform police that he went to Zhang’s room, acquired a therapeutic massage after which paid Zhang extra cash to have intercourse. Later that night time, he instructed police, a member of the “group” referred to as him and instructed him that Zhang was useless. He instructed police he “thinks it is only a rip-off” in an try to “get extra money out of him.”

Three days later, on October 20, Wong’s roommate allegedly instructed police that Wong claimed Zhang had blackmailed her after that they had intercourse, saying Zhang had instructed him she had a hidden digital camera within the lodge room. Wong instructed his roommate that he “choked her (Chang)” however “thought she was nonetheless respiration” when he left the room, court docket paperwork stated.

Wong’s roommate instructed investigators that over the next weeks, Wong despatched her messages asking her to forgive him and that he “did not know what the longer term held.”

He’s additionally alleged to have instructed members of the family that he “may be gone for some time” after he obtained into an “altercation”.

In keeping with an post-mortem report launched by the Hennepin County Medical Examiner, Zhang confirmed indicators of bleeding on her neck and petechiae — outlined by the Mayo Clinic as spherical spots/rash on the pores and skin brought on by bleeding — on her eyes, mouth, lips and scalp. . The ME additionally stated the examination turned up no proof of managed substances in her system on the time of her dying.

Wong is at the moment being held within the Dakota County Jail, the place bail has been set at $250,000 with circumstances. He’s scheduled to seem in court docket on November 9 in Hastings.

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