Person of Interest Sought in Tehama County Homicide

Oct 4, 2013 2:49 PM

Three suspects in yesterday’s pursuit in Shasta County have been apprehended with one person of interest still at large in connection to a Tehama County homicide. The Tehama County Sheriff’s Department stated this morning the manhunt stemmed from a murder which began as a robbery of a medical marijuana grow.

Just after 8:45 a.m. yesterday morning, a citizen in the Red Bluff area called 911 after a car pulled into their driveway and the driver indicated one of his passengers had been shot. Deputies eventually located the vehicle with the victim inside at the AM/PM Market on North Main Street in Red Bluff en route to St. Elizabeth Hospital. The victim, who has been identified as 37-year-old Keo Oudone Vannarath, was transported to St. Elizabeth from the market via ambulance but died of his wounds shortly after arriving at the hospital.

Based on statements from witnesses sheriff deputies learned the incident began at a residence on the 15800 block of Hwy 36 to the west of Red Bluff at a medical marijuana growing operation. From what the deputies gathered, the victim and two other subjects at the residence were preparing to harvest marijuana when three suspects reportedly trespassed on their property with the intent to steal marijuana armed with a shotgun, a semi-automatic rifle, and a pistol. At some point during the robbery Vannarath was shot and subsequently the three suspects, and sheriff’s speculate possibly a fourth, fled in a small sedan.

In response to a broadcast of the suspect vehicle description, officers from CHP spotted a sedan fitting the description of the vehicle in the Igo area of Shasta County just before 10:30 a.m. A vehicle pursuit ensued and ended with the suspect vehicle crashing on Clear Creek Road. Two of the suspects were taken into custody while a third suspect fled on foot.

Taken into custody from the crashed vehicle were 26-year-old Alan Duane Doulphus Jr. and Chase Alan Doulphus, both of Fresno. Chase Doulphous was taken to Mercy Medical Center for undisclosed injuries. The suspect who fled on foot was identified as 31-year-old Roger Bounnhaseng, also of Fresno. Sheriff’s believe a fourth suspect may also have fled from the vehicle after the crash. Sheriff’s reportedly located “a large quantity” of marijuana in the crashed vehicle.

At approximately 5 p.m. yesterday, Shasta County Sheriff Deputies located Bounnhaseng walking in the Igo area of Shasta County not far from where the suspect vehicle crashed. Bounnhaseng was arrested by Shasta County Sheriff’s and turned over to the Tehama County Sheriff’s Department shortly after. Alan Doulphus and Roger Bounnhaseng were booked into the Tehama County Jail on charges of possession and transportation of marijuana and felony resisting arrest. Upon Chase Doulphus’ release from the hospital he will be booked into the Tehama County Jail on the same charges.

The shooting death of Vannarath is still under investigation and an open count for murder is anticipated. The department is still actively seeking to identify a fourth person of interest whose role in this crime is unclear


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