Man charged in 10-year-old boy's killing deemed competent to stand trial

Anthawn Ragan Jr., 21, arrested in 2013 shooting, robbery


MIAMI – A man accused of killing a 10-year-old boy during a robbery at a Miami nail salon in 2013 appeared in court Tuesday, where a Miami-Dade County judge said he is competent to stand trial.

Detectives said Anthawn Ragan Jr. and another man opened fire inside Nail Hong-Kong on Nov. 26, 2013, which was Ragan's 19 birthday, hitting Aaron Vu and his father, Hai Nam Vu.

Ragan was arrested on charges of first-degree murder with a firearm, attempted first-degree murder with a firearm, armed robbery, aggravated assault and battery on a law enforcement officer.

Police said Ragan and another man also killed someone else, Luis Perez, 21, earlier that month outside a Motel 7 at 13445 NW Seventh Avenue in North Miami.

He is also believed to be involved in two robberies in Miami-Dade County.

Court records show that Ragan has been arrested eight times since 2007. Charges include armed robbery, possession of a firearm and theft.

He was first arrested when he was just 13 years old on allegations that he hit a school employee.

Anyone with information about the second man involved in Vu's killing is asked to call Miami-Dade Crime Stoppers at 305-471-TIPS.

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