Multiple Arrests After Homicide Investigation
The Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a homicide that occurred last night, April 5, 2016, in the Indian Land community. A warrant has been obtained charging David Antonio Kucinski, age 21, of Fort Mill, with Murder related to the death of Randy Tran, age 20, also of Fort Mill. Kucinski has not yet been located and arrested. Deputies were dispatched to 268 Little River Road last night just before 7:00 p. m. The scene is accessible by a gravel road and is heavily wooded. Witnesses who live in the area reported seeing Kucinski outside an orange car in the roadway at the top of their driveway moving an apparently unconscious white male from the trunk of the car. The victim appeared to have blood on his face and head. Kucinski appeared to have blood on his clothes and arms. The witnesses dialed 911 and walked to the roadway, but Kucinski and the car were gone. Deputies, criminal investigators, and crime scene investigators responded to the scene and discovered Tran’s body a few yards off the roadway. An autopsy will be performed to determine the cause of Tran’s death.
During the night investigators determined the orange car is a 2015 Toyota Scion registered to Tran’s father and has South Carolina license plate LSA246. The car was regularly driven by Randy Tran and has not been located. A photograph of the Scion is attached. Kucinski is a white male standing 6’2” to 6’4” tall and weighing approximately 170 pounds. Attached are photographs of Kucinski. Kucinski formerly lived at 1800 Williams Road, Fort Mill, but he currently has no known permanent address. He is believed to travel widely.
Sheriff Barry Faile said, “We need to locate Kucinski and the Scion as quickly as possible. I encourage anyone who has seen either to contact us immediately. We would also like to hear from anyone with any information about the connection between Kucinski and Randy Tran and a possible motive for this homicide.”
Update April 7, 2016
David Antonio Kucinski was taken into custody at approximately 6:00 p. m. this evening. This afternoon sheriff’s investigators learned that Kucinski was at a motel in Charlotte. The location was passed along to the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department Violent Crime Apprehension Team (VCAT), and within minutes Kucinski was taken into custody without incident. He will be held at the Mecklenburg County Jail until arrangements are made to bring him to the Lancaster County Detention Center.
Randy Tran’s orange Toyota Scion was also located abandoned in the Charlotte area early today. It was towed to the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office and is being processed by crime scene investigators. The investigation into the death of Mr. Tran continues.
“We are thankful the search is over and Kucinski is in custody,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We appreciate the assistance we have received in this investigation from the public and from other law enforcement agencies – particularly the Charlotte Mecklenburg Police Department."
Update April 8, 2016
Additional arrests have been made in the murder of Randy Tran. Chris Dawan Glass, Jr., age 22, of Fort Mill in York County and Tony Eugene Maynard, age 21, of Indian Land were arrested this morning at the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office. Warrants charging each of them with Murder were served upon them later in the day at the Lancaster County Detention Center. Attached are photographs of Glass and Maynard.
According to Sheriff Barry Faile, “This investigation is still very active. Our investigators and deputies have been working virtually around the clock on this case since it was first reported Tuesday night, and other agencies continue to assist us. We are still running down leads and interviewing witnesses.”
Update April 11, 2016
A fourth man has been arrested and charged with Murder in the death of Randy Tran. Investigators have been searching for Nachon Jakeh Hayden, age 22, since early last week. Information was developed that Hayden was at a home on Mountain Ridge Court less than a mile from where Mr. Tran’s body was discovered last Tuesday evening. Investigators, deputies, and agents of the State Law Enforcement Division (SLED) went to that home, and Hayden was taken into custody without incident at approximately 6:30 this morning.
David Antonio Kucinski, who was arrested in Charlotte last week, waived extradition and was transferred to the Lancaster County Detention Center last Friday night. All four defendants – Kucinski, Chris Dawan Glass, Jr., Tony Eugene Maynard, and Hayden are now in custody in the Lancaster County Detention Center.
“With the arrest of Hayden this morning, we believe we now have in custody all those directly involved in the death of Mr. Tran,” said Sheriff Barry Faile. “We do anticipate that additional charges will be made on these four men relating to the incident, and we still have several folks to locate and interview as this investigation continues.”
Anyone with information about this or any other case should call the Lancaster County Sheriff’s Office at 803-283-3388 or Crimestoppers at 1-888-CRIME-SC or www.sccrimestoppers.com.