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Two Arrested in Fatal Shooting of MoMA Cook over iPhone

By Wil Cruz | April 27, 2012 8:37pm
Hwang Yang, 26, a cook at The Modern at MoMA, was shot and killed on April 19, 2012.
Hwang Yang, 26, a cook at The Modern at MoMA, was shot and killed on April 19, 2012.
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RIVERDALE — Two men have been arrested in the cold-blooded killing of a cook at The MoMA over his iPhone, police said Friday.

Dominick Davis, 20, and Alejandro Campos, 21, were arrested for allegedly shooting Hwang Yang, 26, to death on April 18 just a few blocks away from his Riverdale home.

Police hunted the suspects down through an ad they placed on Craigslist, where they were selling the iPhone for $400, according to the Daily News. The ad reportedly read: "Have two iPhone 4's for sale Inwood/Wash Hits."

The suspects targeted Yang — an aspiring star at the MoMA's famed restaurant, the Modern, and a Sunday school teacher — because of his white ear buds, sources said at the time.

Davis and Campos allegedly shot Yang, who was walking home from a nearby subway station and was just a few blocks away from his Johnson Avenue home, and fled.

Police did not immediately know who pulled the trigger.

But both men, who live on Webb Avenue in The Bronx, were charged with murder, robbery, criminal possession of a weapon and criminal possession of stolen property, police said.

It was unclear if the iPhone had been recovered.

The victim's sister, Sunah Yang, said the family was "relieved" by the arrests, according to a video of her posted on YouTube.

"They're heartless," she said of the iPhone thiefs. "If it wasn't my brother it could have been another. I'm glad they were caught so that this wouldn't happen again."

The suspects have prior run-ins with the law. Davis has eight prior arrests, including collars for trespassing and criminal possession of a weapon, sources said.

He was also picked up on a warrant from the Saddle River, N.J., police department. It was not immediately clear why he was wanted.

Campos was arrested earlier this year for reckless endangerment and obstruction of governmental administration.