Previously: SFPD Still Collecting Evidence From “very violent homicide scene” Near City College

Binh Thai Luc.jpgSan Francisco police have made an arrest in the murder of five people found dead at 16 Howth Street early Friday morning.

Police executed search warrants in San Francisco and San Mateo County this morning and arrested a San Francisco resident in connection with the murders, San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr said today.

According to a statement sent by SFPD, Homicide Inspectors arrested 35-year-old Binh Thai Luc (pictured at the right), for the five homicides. In addition, they arrested his brother, 33-year-old Brian Luc for narcotics possession, a felon in possession of ammunition and for a probation violation. These brothers reside together in San Francisco.

“Chief Suhr wants to once again reassure the residents of San Francisco that this was a crime that was specific to this residence,” SFPD said in a statement.

The medical examiner is still trying to confirm the cause of death and the identities of the five people found dead in the two-story Ingleside home, Suhr said. Homicide Inspectors will continue to follow up on investigative leads while Crime Scene Investigators collect and process the evidence taken from the scene, SFPD said in a statement.

Three of the victims were discovered around 7:45 a.m. Friday by a family member with a key, who called 911. Police found the other two victims in another part of the house.

A man was found in the threshold of the home, while a man and woman were found in the garage, another woman was found upstairs and a third woman was found downstairs, Suhr said.

“What may seem like a small or insignificant piece of information may often be the key piece of the puzzle that allows inspectors to makes sense of everything else they are investigating,” says the SFPD. Therefore, anyone with any information is asked to call the SFPD anonymous tip line at 575-4444, or text-a-tip to TIP411.

Sara Gaiser of Bay City News contributed to this report.

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