Italy accuses US man of killing owner of fashion store

May 05, 2019 - 8:01 am

VITERBO, Italy (AP) — Italian police have arrested a 22-year-old U.S. man and accused him of killing a 74-year-old Italian owner of a clothing store in Viterbo, a city near Rome.

Police arrested Michael Aaron Pang on Saturday and allege that he killed the storekeeper by striking him with a stool. The body of Norveo Fedeli was found inside his store on Friday, Lt. Col. Guglielmo Trombetta told The Associated Press

Trombetta said Pang, who was born in South Korea, is a graphic designer from Kansas City who arrived in Italy about two months ago. Trombetta said it was unclear why Pang was in Italy. He said the suspect has not spoken yet with detectives.

Pang's lawyer did not immediately reply to a message on Sunday.

Trombetta said Pang ordered designer clothes worth about 600 euros ($670) from Fedeli's store. He said Pang had come to the store twice before Friday to purchase the clothes, but that his credit card was rejected.

Police allege Pang and Fedeli scuffled before Pang killed the storekeeper. Police said Pang changed his clothes and took the man's wallet before fleeing the store with one of his shoes covered in a bag because it was stained in blood.

Police said they found Fedeli's stolen wallet and other evidence linking Pang to the killing at a room he rented in Capodimonte, a lake town near Viterbo.

Pang, who faces murder and robbery charges, is expected to appear in court Monday, Trombetta said.

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