5 charged in slaying of Logan man

Posted: March 14, 2014

THE PLAN WAS to settle a beef over money, but things got out of hand and someone ended up dead.

That, in so many words, is the story behind a shooting Tuesday in Logan that turned into a tense standoff between a group of guys and SWAT Unit cops, police said yesterday.

Khoeum Roen, 24, and his 23-year-old brother were inside a parked car on Ruscomb Street near 13th about 6 p.m. arguing with a group of men outside over a financial dispute, Homicide Capt. James Clark said at an afternoon news conference.

At some point, things took a turn for the worse. Four men pulled out guns - including at least one semiautomatic rifle - and started firing into the car.

Roen, of Marvine Street near Duncannon Avenue, was wounded numerous times and pronounced dead at Albert Einstein Medical Center. His brother, whose name was not released, survived a gunshot wound to his right ankle.

The alleged shooters darted into a house on Ruscomb that belonged to two of their own: Tommy Savath, 21, and his brother Jerry Savath, 22, Clark said.

SWAT cops eventually forced their way inside and locked up the suspects. Five semiautomatic firearms were found inside the property.

Clark said charges of murder, attempted murder, conspiracy and related offenses have been filed against the Savath brothers; Sambatt Choub, 18; Rattanak Sarik, 28, and Davey Yath, 19. All live in Philadelphia.

"Both of the parties know each other. . . . I don't know if it's gang-related, [but] we know it definitely was drug-related," Clark said.

All of the parties involved were "well-known to police," he said.


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