UPDATE 2: Stepfather Charged in 12-Year-Old's Death

Jessica Nguyen was found in her Gaithersburg home on May 31.

UPDATE, Oct. 19 9:30 a.m.:

The 42-year-old Gaithersburg man charged in the murder of his 12-year-old stepdaughter has for the last four years been a Montgomery County bus driver.

David Rich Hang began driving for RideOn in January 2007, said county spokesman Patrick Lacefield. Hang was arrested on Tuesday, and is wearing a RideOn uniform in his police mug shot.

UPDATE, Oct. 18 6:32 p.m.:

The stepfather of 12-year-old Jessica Nguyen has been arrested and charged with first-degree murder in connection with the girl's May 31 slaying, Montgomery County Police said Tuesday evening.

David Rich Hang, 42, of the 17100 block of Queen Victoria Court in Gaithersburg, was arrested on Tuesday, according to police. A news conference is set for 11 a.m. Wednesday. 

A police spokesman did not initially confirm that it was Hang who had been arrested, but police named him in a statement issued at 6 p.m.

Online court records show that Hang and Jessica Nguyen's mother began divorce proceedings in October 2010.

Original story, Oct. 18 6:10 p.m.:

Montgomery County Police have made an arrest in the slaying of Jessica Nguyen, the 12-year-old found stabbed to death in the basement of her Gaithersburg home nearly five months ago.

Detectives arrested a suspect on Tuesday, according to a police source who requested anonymity.

A county police spokesman was not immediately able to confirm the arrest.

Family members found Nguyen in their home on Raven Avenue the evening of May 31. She had multiple stab wounds to her upper body.

Nguyen was a sixth-grader at Gaithersburg Middle School, where she was an honor-roll student. Her family moved out of the home in the Hidden Creek neighborhood a week after her death.

Sharon October 18, 2011 at 11:10 PM
Was just about to make a correction to my last comment when I mistakenly said 'uncle'. Thanks for update, Sebastian.
Texas NDN October 19, 2011 at 01:25 AM
My prayers go out to this little girl's family.
Linda Sinclair October 19, 2011 at 01:53 AM
May she rest in peace with the angels.....I hope the guilty person is punished to the full extent of the law, and then some!
Andrea Brenner October 19, 2011 at 01:50 PM
This man should be hanged by his private parts!!!!
Linda Sinclair October 19, 2011 at 02:36 PM
He murdered an innocent little girl....now KILL the s.o.b!
Williemojorisin October 19, 2011 at 03:51 PM
Just because a person is arressted doesn't make them automaticly guilty,I hope some of you people never serve on a jury b/c you have already convicted this man from a headline on HP
Charles L.Garris October 19, 2011 at 04:26 PM
I will light a candle and say the rosary for Jessica this evening. May she rest in peace.
Linda Sinclair October 19, 2011 at 04:32 PM
Learn to spell before making comments. Nobody said the arrested man is guilty. I said Kill the s.o.b. who "IS" guilty~big difference....
Tony Le October 19, 2011 at 05:49 PM
I pray for Jessica Nguyen to rest peacefully and I also pray that Mr. David Rich Hang (Last Name originated from China) will be executed soon by Maryland Law.
Sharon October 23, 2011 at 02:42 PM
The most horrific part of this was the brutal death of a little girl. But the entire situation conjures up many failures by State and local officials...immigration scam/marriage scheme & housing code violation. Excerpts from WUSA 9 News: 1} Police say Hang was married to at least one other woman, maybe more, in a news conference Wednesday morning. He currently lives with his other wife. Hang may have been involved in some kind of immigration scheme, by marrying multiple women, police said. 2} It took months to charge Hang, because there were so many people living in the house. "We had to eliminate each person in the house as a suspect," police said in the news conference. There were too many areas where there was a failure/lack of oversight & enforcement involving just this one 'household' alone & e.g. the housing code violation is rampant in MC.
Sharon October 23, 2011 at 04:54 PM
Neighbors need to stop 'turning a blind eye'! There is this 'don't get involved'/none of my business attitude & "live & let live". But the overcrowding of that home was a 'community issue'. Statistics show high # of fires occur in such housing code violation residence(s) & put rest of community in jeopardy. Had someone called regarding this (though apparently missed when there was mortgage problems) maybe County authorities would have 'visited' this home & discovered the other issues going on & they, in turn, contacted State & Federal authorities. Quite a few 'missed opportunities' before that beautiful young child's life was snuffed out! We need to look out for one another in areas of question & concern nowadays that most people, unfortunately, want to 'ignore'. Only hope this entire family heals from such a horrendous experience & LOSS & that the rest of us 'get in there, roll up our sleeves & get more involved. If something doesn't look quite right, it generally ISN'T!


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