Cops: Man Kills 3 Because They Won't Move Out

Alexander Tran is charged with fatally shooting 2 women and a baby
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Oct 1, 2015 6:24 PM CDT
This undated photo provided by Salt Lake County Jail shows Alexander Hung Tran. Police in Utah arrested Tran on Sept. 19 in connection with the fatal shooting of multiple people.   (Salt Lake County Jail via AP)

(Newser) – A Salt Lake City man told police he shot three people staying at his house—including a baby—because they wouldn't move out, prosecutors said Thursday. Alexander Tran, 32, was charged with three counts of aggravated murder. He had been living in the basement of the house that his mother bought for him, and the three victims where living on the main floor, police said. When Tran's mother found out he was letting people stay there, she asked for them move out. Tran told her that they wouldn't leave but called a few days later—the day of the deaths—and reported they were gone, according to charging documents.

Their bodies were found Sept. 18 after Heike Poike, 50, didn't pick up her 8-year-old grandson from school and officials called police. They stopped to check on Poike and found her dead, along with her 2-month-old granddaughter Lyrik Poike and an acquaintance, Dakota Smith, 28. Tran was also at the house with a gun, and police say he acknowledged the shootings. It was unclear if the victims were formal, rent-paying tenants or had some other arrangement with Tran. The baby's mother is in jail, and the identity of the baby's father is unclear, police have said. Tran was being held at the Salt Lake County jail on $3 million bail. (Read more murder stories.)

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