Monday, September 28, 2015
Report: Murder conviction for man who beat grandfather to death on East 6th Street
[Photo from 2006 via CBS 2]
In May 2014, 68-year-old Wen Hui Ruan died from the injuries he sustained in a vicious assault on East Sixth Street between Avenue C and Avenue D.
In the days that followed, police arrested 20-year-old Jamie Pugh, who was charged with second-degree murder, robbery and assault. His mother claimed at the time that someone slipped him the club drug Molly. As DNAinfo reported, "Pugh didn’t even know about the attack until one of his friends showed him the chilling surveillance footage over the weekend and said the attacker looked like him."
[Photo of Jamie Pugh from May 2014 by Frank Franca]
According to BoweryBoogie today, a jury last week found Pugh guilty of second-degree murder … and he could conceivably receive 25-to-life when sentenced on Oct. 22. DNAinfo has comments from Pugh's attorney here.
Ruan, a retired garment worker who lived on Avenue C and East Seventh Street with his wife, had just dropped off his granddaughters when the attack occurred.
Previously on EV Grieve:
Report: East Village resident dies from injuries sustained in brutal attack
[UPDATED] Reward for info on East 6th Street assault; plus video of the attack
[Updated] Family mourns Ruan Wen Hui as police hunt suspect in deadly assault on E. 6th St.
[Updated] Report: Murder suspect's mother says her son was high on Molly at the time of attack
Report: Family of Ruan Wen Hui wants hate crime charges brought against suspect