Nya Kou Thao, 33, and Khamthaneth Rattanasack, 41, have been brought into custody for their connection in a triple-homicide that took place in Hamilton, Wis. last week. The pair is accused of killing three men execution style at the Romskog Quarry. Official charges have yet to be brought down on these men.
The bodies of Trevor Maloney, 23, Nemo Yang and Peng Lor, both 24, were found at the entrance to the quarry on July 23. It is believed that they were killed over a $600 debt that was due to Rattanasack.
Following the discovery of the bodies, police were contacted by a witness who said that she was with the victims on the day that they died and watched Nya Kou Thao and Khamthaneth Rattanasack kill them.
The witness gave the following account of the event: During the early morning of July 23 the witness and the three victims pulled into a motel because they believed they were being followed by a black Mercedes Benz. The women got out of the car and went into the motel and when she returned, the Mercedes was parked next to them and Nya Kou Thao was sitting in her car behind the driver’s seat.
She was told to follow the Mercedes Benz to the quarry. Once there, the three male victims were told to get on their knees, and the witness watched as Rattanasack gave the gun to Thao who then shot each victim multiple times in an execution style killing. Rattanasack and Thao got back inttheir vehicle and allowed the witness to leave in her car.
Police are unsure why the witness was spared. The witness was asked if she was threatened into silence by the pair, but she would not answer police and seemed fearful when asked.
A second witness came forward with information about the case. This person called the La Crosse County Sheriff’s Office and confirmed that the homicide was over a debt dispute. They said that Nemo Yang owed Khamthaneth Rattanasack $600 after using the man’s credit card.
Khamthaneth Rattanasack and Nya Kou Thao were brought into police custody separately, Rattanasack was arrested Wednesday night in Amherst, Wis. and police picked up Thao on Thursday in Wausau. Jeff Wolf, sheriff for La Crosse County says that the success of the case is because of the hard work of his police force.
“Investigators worked tirelessly to bring resolution and arrests in the case,” Wolf said. “The agencies cannot be commended enough for the great work they have done and the work yet to take place.”
While the pair was brought into custody, they haven’t appeared in court, and no one has yet been charged. Currently, court records do not list any lawyers that could comment on the suspects behalf.
Wolf believes that the suspects and victims might have been from rival gangs, but they have not found any evidence to back up this claim. The La Crosse police department continues to look for additional suspects and information at this time. The investigation into the triple homicide is still ongoing.