Man Charged with Murder for Death of SFSU Student

September 27, 2013

Contact: Stephanie Ong Stillman, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1167 or (415) 740-5134
ADA Alex Bastian, DA Gascón’s Office, (415) 553-1931

Man Charged with Murder for Death of SFSU Student

SAN FRANCISCO, CA: District Attorney announced today that Nikhom Thephakaysone, age 30, of San Francisco will be charged with murder for shooting and killing a 20 year old sophomore from San Francisco State University (SFSU) student on Sept 23. 2013.

“A young man filled with promise lost his life due to the defendant’s senseless and brutal act of violence,” said District Attorney George Gascón. “Due to witnesses and outstanding police work, this defendant is now off our streets and will be prosecuted to the fullest extent.”

On September 23, 2013, at roughly 9:40pm, the defendant boarded the Muni M Line at a platform at SFSU on 19th and Holloway. He boarded the train behind the victim. As the train proceeded to a Muni stop at Randolph and Bright Streets, the defendant pulled out a handgun and held it in his right hand. As the victim exited the train, the defendant, who was still on the train, fired a single shot and killed the victim. The defendant then walked home, a short walk away from the Muni stop.

Witnesses to the murder were instrumental in locating the defendant, who had $20,000 cash on his person and illegal weapons and survival gear in his home. Earlier in the evening, the defendant had assaulted another young man with his gun and was seen brandishing the gun in front of a Thai restaurant.

The defendant will be charged with three felonies: one count of murder with a personal discharge of a gun causing death enhancement allegation, one count of assault with a semiautomatic handgun on a separate victim in an earlier assault that evening, and one count of possession of an illegal assault weapon stemming from one of the guns found in the defendant’s home.

Defendant is scheduled to be arraigned on October 2, 2013 in Dept. 12 at 9am. His bail is currently set at no bail. Assistant District Attorney Scot Clark will arraign the case.