A 23-year-old Hyattsville-area woman told detectives that she stabbed and beat a Bladensburg convenience store owner in April, then torched the store to cover up the slaying, Prince George’s Police officials said Monday.
Ashley D. Owens has been charged with second-degree murder in the slaying of 69-year-old Richard Changsun Nam, who police said was stabbed with a box cutter and beaten with a chain saw. Police said the two were acquaintances, and a dispute led to the slaying. They declined to say what the dispute was about.
The gruesome killing stood out among others in Prince George’s County because of the case’s odd circumstances and because Nam was well-known in Bladensburg and in the Korean American community. Police were first tipped to the incident by firefighters, who found Nam’s body inside his Check Experts store late on April 8 after extinguishing a fire there. They quickly realized Nam’s injuries were not from smoke and fire alone, and they called Prince George’s County homicide detectives to investigate, authorities said.