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Man charged with murder after 5 found dead in San Francisco

By the CNN Wire Staff
updated 11:10 PM EDT, Sun March 25, 2012
Binh Thai Luc, 35, was arrested in San Francisco on Sunday and charged with five counts of murder.
Binh Thai Luc, 35, was arrested in San Francisco on Sunday and charged with five counts of murder.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • 5 people were found dead in San Francisco, all having suffered "blunt trauma"
  • There were 4 separate homicide scenes in the single residence, the city's police chief says
  • Binh Thai Luc, 35, is arrested Sunday and charged on 5 murder counts
  • His brother was also arrested on narcotics and other charges

(CNN) -- A San Francisco man was arrested and charged with murder Sunday, two days after five people were found dead in a residence in that northern California city, police said.

The victims were found around 7:45 a.m. Friday in a building near the City College of San Francisco in the city's Ingleside district, said Commander Michael Biel, head of the San Francisco Police Department's investigations division.

There were "four separate homicide scenes within the residence" -- suggesting people had been killed in four different locales -- Police Chief Greg Suhr said.

Suhr said the five died "apparently from blunt trauma, (though) we really didn't know what happened." He added later that there also was an "edge-weapon involved," capable of cutting someone, but there was no evidence of gunshots.

The names and ages of those killed have not been released, though Suhr did say "we believe that the victims may be related."

The man accused of killing them, Binh Thai Luc, is a 35-year-old San Francisco resident with a criminal record. He was arrested and booked on five counts of murder early Sunday, according to Suhr, who added Luc "did not surrender" and "was not arrested at home."

His brother, 32-year-old Brian Luc, was also arrested and charged with narcotics possession, a felon in possession of ammunition and for a probation violation, according to police. The two live together in the city.

The police chief said there was "a relationship" between the suspect and the victims, though he did not specify what that was.

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