Suspected gang members arrested in slaying

By DAVID GUSTAFSON,

Two suspected gang members from Jackson were arrested Friday in connection with the July 20th murder of 59-year-old Lisa Nguyen, who was gunned down during a robbery at her family-owned grocery store on Eastside Avenue in Hattiesburg.

Just before noon, Jatyran Tuggle, 20, aka “Tug” of Jackson, was taken into custody at a home in the 2100 block of Gaites Lane, in Jackson with assistance from the U.S. Marshal’s office and the Jackson Police Department.

Shortly thereafter, Jaquarious Randle, 20, aka “Quay” of Jackson, was taken into custody at a car wash in the 900 block of I-20 Frontage Road, in Jackson.

Tuggle and Randle were transported back to the Hattiesburg Police Department for questioning. Both men have been formally charged with capital murder, criminal street gang activity, and aggravated assault and booked into the Forrest County Jail, where they will await their initial appearance.

The investigation is ongoing, and no other information is available at this time, according to Ryan Moore, a spokesman for the Hattiesburg Police Department.

Hattiesburg Police Chief Anthony Parker praised the efforts of investigators. 

“We have taken a major step forward in bringing all persons involved in this heinous act of violence to justice,” he said. “We will not tolerate this kind of senseless violence and disregard for human life. I want every criminal element who thinks they can come into the city of Hattiesburg and commit these types of crimes to know we will not rest until we track you down, and bring you to justice.”

“No citizen should have to suffer the loss and pain of a loved one, like the Nguyen and Paige families have had to endure,” said Parker. “We continue to ask that anyone in the public with any information please, do the right thing and come forward to help get justice for these families.”