Crime and Courts

Woman, 23, Killed in Stabbing in White Oak: Police

Police arrested and charged a 63-year-old man

Montgomery County Police Department

A 23-year-old woman was stabbed to death and two more people were injured Monday during an assault in the White Oak area of Montgomery County, Maryland, police say.

A resident of the 900 block of Balmoral Drive called 911 about 3:20 p.m. to report a possible stabbing at a home next door.

Montgomery County police officers responded and found two women with stab wounds and a man with assault injuries in the home.

Linh Ngoc Thai Pham, 23, was declared dead at the scene, police said. Another woman was taken to the hospital with serious injuries. Fire and rescue personnel treated the man at the scene, according to police.

Investigators arrested 63-year-old Biet Van Tran, of the 900 block of Balmoral Drive in White Oak, and charged him with one count of first-degree murder and two counts of first-degree assault. Tran is in jail without bond.

Police identified Pham Wednesday and said she had been temporarily staying in Florida before visiting the house on Balmoral Drive. Investigators are still trying to find her home address.

A preliminary investigation determined that the three victims are from out-of-state and had stayed at the home on Balmoral Drive for the past few days, police said.

Anyone with information is asked to call Montgomery County Police's Major Crimes Division at 240-773-5070.

Editor's Note: Police said on Tuesday the victim was 19 years old. She is 23 years old.

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