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Police: Double-murder suspect on rampage

Kenneth Ivory Thomas murder allegedly robbing and pimping in Georgia

One of two remaining at-large suspects in the double homicide on Plymouth Street was last seen robbing and pimping in the southern state of Georgia, Mountain View police said.

Kenneth Ivory Thomas, wanted for two counts of murder and conspiracy in the June killings of Omar Aquino and his sister Maria Teresa Sanchez-Aquino, was recently spotted outside Atlanta, police say, where he was allegedly pimping out a missing 15-year-old runaway from the Bay Area.

According to police, the unnamed juvenile's mother tracked her down using her MySpace page, then contacted police in Georgia, who went to the hotel where Thomas, 20, and the girl were staying. Thomas fled when authorities arrived and remains at large, police say. The runaway girl was returned to her parents.

Mountain View detectives, who went to Georgia and are aiding the investigation there, have also linked Thomas to three violent robberies. At the same hotel outside Atlanta, a person matching his description robbed and pistol-whipped another hotel guest. Also, a person matching his description robbed a local Wendy's restaurant and a Metro PCS cell phone store.

Meanwhile, police continue their search for his sister, 17-year-old Faith Thomas, in connection with the double-murder on Plymouth Street. Six other suspects are already in custody.

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"This is unusually huge," police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. "It is so big, it is so massive." The siblings, she said, "are fleeing back and forth across state lines. They are fugitives."

In order to track down the fugitives, particularly Kenneth Thomas, local police have partnered with the television show "America's Most Wanted." The show posted information on its Web site about the fugitives, and plans to run an episode on Thomas.

"There was no reason to keep the case hidden," Wylie said. "At this point we think Kenneth is dangerous."

Aquino, 24, and Sanchez-Aquino, 27, were shot to death on June 28 in their home on the 1900 block of Plymouth Avenue while Sanchez-Aquino's 8-year-old son slept in the next room.

Police believe Kenneth Thomas was traveling with his sister, and that the two stopped in Las Vegas together. But they are not together now, police say, and Faith could be in Florida. Police consider both to be armed and dangerous.

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The suspects in custody include another Thomas sibling, 15-year-old Fame. All three siblings are from Campbell, and Wylie said the Thomas family is not being cooperative in the case.

The others suspects in custody are: Nicory Span, 18; Michael David Adams, 20; Kim Pham, 19; Eric Williams, 22; and Victoria Thompson, 20. Williams is from Fremont and the others are all from the South Bay. Police say they are all "connected socially."

The six suspects appeared in court this week, but attorneys say it could be several weeks before they enter pleas.

Police now believe Kenneth Thomas is the main suspect in the double murder. They say he is a member of the United Crip Gang and has "UCG" tattooed on his left arm. He has been traveling by Greyhound bus and has been swapping his cell phones, making him hard to track.

According to a complaint filed in Superior Court, Kenneth Thomas and his sisters had been planning to rob Aquino for months. As part of their plan, the document says, Fame Thomas and Aquino went to the movies the night of the murder, and the eight suspects used text messages to communicate, eventually meeting back at Aquino's house, where they killed him and his sister. The suspects allegedly stole an iPod and other items from the house.

Robbery was the original motive, police believe, but they have not ruled out drug or gang activity.

Police say Faith Thomas is 5-foot-9 and about 140 pounds. She often has colored or streaked hair. Kenneth Thomas is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds.

According to the press release, "Detectives believe they made stops in Las Vegas, Texas, Florida and Georgia."

"Who knows what he was up to along the way," Wylie said.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call Mountain View police at (650) 903-6357. Community members may call in anonymously. Additionally, those with information can call the America's Most Wanted hotline at (800) CRIME-TV. To see the TV show's Web site posting on the case, go to www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=59788.

To view the Mountain View Police Department press release, click here.

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Police: Double-murder suspect on rampage

Kenneth Ivory Thomas murder allegedly robbing and pimping in Georgia

by Casey Weiss / Mountain View Voice

Uploaded: Fri, Oct 3, 2008, 12:17 pm

One of two remaining at-large suspects in the double homicide on Plymouth Street was last seen robbing and pimping in the southern state of Georgia, Mountain View police said.

Kenneth Ivory Thomas, wanted for two counts of murder and conspiracy in the June killings of Omar Aquino and his sister Maria Teresa Sanchez-Aquino, was recently spotted outside Atlanta, police say, where he was allegedly pimping out a missing 15-year-old runaway from the Bay Area.

According to police, the unnamed juvenile's mother tracked her down using her MySpace page, then contacted police in Georgia, who went to the hotel where Thomas, 20, and the girl were staying. Thomas fled when authorities arrived and remains at large, police say. The runaway girl was returned to her parents.

Mountain View detectives, who went to Georgia and are aiding the investigation there, have also linked Thomas to three violent robberies. At the same hotel outside Atlanta, a person matching his description robbed and pistol-whipped another hotel guest. Also, a person matching his description robbed a local Wendy's restaurant and a Metro PCS cell phone store.

Meanwhile, police continue their search for his sister, 17-year-old Faith Thomas, in connection with the double-murder on Plymouth Street. Six other suspects are already in custody.

"This is unusually huge," police spokeswoman Liz Wylie said. "It is so big, it is so massive." The siblings, she said, "are fleeing back and forth across state lines. They are fugitives."

In order to track down the fugitives, particularly Kenneth Thomas, local police have partnered with the television show "America's Most Wanted." The show posted information on its Web site about the fugitives, and plans to run an episode on Thomas.

"There was no reason to keep the case hidden," Wylie said. "At this point we think Kenneth is dangerous."

Aquino, 24, and Sanchez-Aquino, 27, were shot to death on June 28 in their home on the 1900 block of Plymouth Avenue while Sanchez-Aquino's 8-year-old son slept in the next room.

Police believe Kenneth Thomas was traveling with his sister, and that the two stopped in Las Vegas together. But they are not together now, police say, and Faith could be in Florida. Police consider both to be armed and dangerous.

The suspects in custody include another Thomas sibling, 15-year-old Fame. All three siblings are from Campbell, and Wylie said the Thomas family is not being cooperative in the case.

The others suspects in custody are: Nicory Span, 18; Michael David Adams, 20; Kim Pham, 19; Eric Williams, 22; and Victoria Thompson, 20. Williams is from Fremont and the others are all from the South Bay. Police say they are all "connected socially."

The six suspects appeared in court this week, but attorneys say it could be several weeks before they enter pleas.

Police now believe Kenneth Thomas is the main suspect in the double murder. They say he is a member of the United Crip Gang and has "UCG" tattooed on his left arm. He has been traveling by Greyhound bus and has been swapping his cell phones, making him hard to track.

According to a complaint filed in Superior Court, Kenneth Thomas and his sisters had been planning to rob Aquino for months. As part of their plan, the document says, Fame Thomas and Aquino went to the movies the night of the murder, and the eight suspects used text messages to communicate, eventually meeting back at Aquino's house, where they killed him and his sister. The suspects allegedly stole an iPod and other items from the house.

Robbery was the original motive, police believe, but they have not ruled out drug or gang activity.

Police say Faith Thomas is 5-foot-9 and about 140 pounds. She often has colored or streaked hair. Kenneth Thomas is 6-foot-3 and 195 pounds.

According to the press release, "Detectives believe they made stops in Las Vegas, Texas, Florida and Georgia."

"Who knows what he was up to along the way," Wylie said.

Anyone with information on their whereabouts is urged to call Mountain View police at (650) 903-6357. Community members may call in anonymously. Additionally, those with information can call the America's Most Wanted hotline at (800) CRIME-TV. To see the TV show's Web site posting on the case, go to www.amw.com/fugitives/case.cfm?id=59788.

To view the Mountain View Police Department press release, click here.

Comments

FamilyMan
Jackson Park
on Oct 3, 2008 at 12:37 pm
FamilyMan, Jackson Park
on Oct 3, 2008 at 12:37 pm

This is really turning out to be a bigger crime than I had thought it to be! Murder is huge but when the criminal(s) start to flee and rob and pimp and commit other crimes it just compounds into a gigantic crime problem! Now the wrath is spread to other states. These people need to be caught so other poeple arent subject to their crime wave! I also find it hard to believe that these felons murdered the two siblings only for an ipod. My suspicion is that a big amount of drugs might have been involved....which is why so many people were involved in this. Good job by the MVPD to once again be persistant on catching felons who attempt to skip state in trying to flee(remember the drug transaction/robbery-murder that happened at the jack in the box a while back?) MVPD, cacth those crooks!


jack
Rex Manor
on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:11 am
jack, Rex Manor
on Oct 4, 2008 at 11:11 am

MVPD, please catch these animals.
Shoot them if you must, MV cannot lose an officer, chances are these criminals will shoot at you.
So don't take any chances, as soon as you see them....[portion removed].

No terror will be allowed in Mountain View.
MVPD is the best. Good luck and god bless you.


big picture
another community
on Oct 4, 2008 at 7:12 pm
big picture, another community
on Oct 4, 2008 at 7:12 pm

People, don't you know these young folks nowa days are raised on a solid diet of rap videos, junk food and bad role models? [Portion removed by Mountain View Voice staff.]

This young wannabe thug is just gathering experience and "street cred" before his inevitable capture or death occurs.In prison, he'll be able to cite all his crimes for how "thuggish" he is and probably end up being a famous incarcerated rapper before he gets the needle.

See, it's all very predictable when parents defer the responsibility of parenting to popular culture because they can't even deal with their own lives, let alone the others they bring onto this declining planet. STEP UP and raise your kids. That's the message here. [Portion removed.] These kids were a product of the welfare system of days gone. Thank God for that....


some girl
another community
on Jul 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm
some girl, another community
on Jul 19, 2010 at 2:21 pm

Damn!!!!!!! i cant believe i used to play and hang out wit them.. i even had a crush on kenny!!! scary!!


Southside
another community
on May 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm
Southside, another community
on May 28, 2015 at 12:40 pm

I grew up with all of them.... Kenny has been placed in YA since he was 9/10, he is institutionalized.... The reason they are like this is because their mother is an alcoholic and a serial dater, she was never home and Dad was in and out of jail... She goes out with men and enjoys herself... She SWEARS she is s holy roller, but when her time comes she gonna have to explain herself to the man above!! There are seven of them... Lacetia, Fortune, Star, Kenny, Unique (LaLa from Tela Tequila), Faith and Fame... All Thomas'! All have the same mom and dad, except for Lecetia... They all watched each other... Lecetia lost contact a long time ago... Smart Girl!! They are a mess! all of them!


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