Suspect identified in Lee’s Cafe throat-slashing

Things took a turn for the worse last week at Washington Avenue’s Lee’s Cafe. The restaurant at 522 Washington Ave. ended up as a crime scene, with one of the employees at Lee’s, 54-year-old Thoung Nguyen, being found dead in the basement kitchen of the establishment.

Photo of the suspected killer from the Philadelphia Police Department.

Now police are on the hunt for a suspect who has been identified in the investigation. 27-year-old Noel Ortea Lemus Del Cid, also an employee at Lee’s Cafe, has been identified as the suspected killer.

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Officials had previously identified a male coworker named “Noelle” as a person of interest in the killing. On Monday they clarified the man’s full name and described him as a Honduran national whose last known address was on the 1300 block of South 9th Street. He drives a white SUV, has a thin or medium build and may have a cut on one of his hands, police said.

A statement from Lee’s on Facebook:

The store will remain closed for now.Thank You for all the support we were getting in past couple days

Posted by Lee’s Cafe and Bistro on Monday, March 7, 2016

If you have any information on this man’s whereabouts, you can contact 215-686-3388 or 911.

One thought on “Suspect identified in Lee’s Cafe throat-slashing

  • March 15, 2016 at 1:26 pm

    Ahh I’m sure the whacky republicans will have a field day with this story if it were to go national… Immigration phobia fuel and all that…

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