2 charged with murder after allegedly running over, killing woman in Garden Grove during purse snatching

SANTA ANA, Calif. (KABC) -- Two men were charged with murder for allegedly running over and killing a 32-year-old woman in the parking lot of a Garden Grove shopping center, officials said on Friday.

Gregory Anthony Walker, 19, and Giovanni Solomon Guy, 20, have been charged with one count each of murder with a special circumstance of murder in the commission of a robbery. Brad Maurice Brown, Jr., 19, has been charged with one felony count of robbery.

Police said the victim, Nga Ngoc Nguyen, was pronounced dead at a trauma center in the aftermath of the incident, which was captured on surveillance video.

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According to the Garden Grove Police Department, Los Angeles County sheriff's detectives were conducting surveillance on the robbery crew about 9:30 a.m. on May 8. Shortly afterward, the suspects drove to the Garden Grove Plaza near the intersection of Brookhurst Street and Westminster Boulevard.

A camera mounted outside one of the businesses captured harrowing footage of the suspects chasing Nguyen and attempting to snatch her purse. A struggle ensues, with one of the robbers dragging the victim along the pavement.

Nguyen, a Santa Ana resident, was run over by the suspects' SUV as they fled the scene. The video shows her sister rushing to her side.

In a statement, police said sheriff's detectives and an LASD helicopter tracked the robbers as they drove back into Los Angeles County.

According to the Orange County District Attorney, Walker and Guy face a minimum sentence of life without the possibility of parole. They are eligible for the death penalty. Brown faces a minimum sentence of two years if convicted of robbery.

The investigation is ongoing.
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