Key Suspect Identified in Death of Bubbles

Four months after queer DJ Bubbles was killed in the Tenderloin, a warrant has been issued for the suspect's arrest.

(Images: SFPD, Facebook)

The San Francisco Police Department has released the name of its main suspect in the death of Anthony Torres, aka Bubbles. On Sept. 9, 2017, Bubbles was shot to death on the corner of Larkin and Myrtle streets outside the New Century Strip Club, shortly before 3 a.m. The neighborhood figure was known for their platinum wigs, loud music and penchant for chatting with everyone — strangers and friends alike. 48 Hills wrote a touching profile on Bubbles shortly after their death. 

In the days after the attack, Bubbles’ friends and the queer community at large slammed SFPD for not classifying Bubbles’ death as a hate crime. And though authorities said they were on the case, no arrests were made — despite shocking statements from witnesses on Facebook that the assailant fired “at least five rounds point blank” into Bubbles as they lay in the street.

Friday, SFPD released a photo and name of the key suspect in the case: 30-year-old San Francisco resident Hieu Trung. He’s described as being six feet tall and around 190 pounds, with dark hair and dark eyes. Police warn that he “should be considered armed and dangerous,” and note in their statement that an arrest warrant has been issued for Trung with a $15 million bail. 

Anyone with information as to his whereabouts should call the SFPD 24 Hour Tip Line at (415) 575-4444 or Text a Tip to TIP411 and begin the message with SFPD.

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