Two teenagers were charged with murder yesterday for placing a
bogus food order to lure a Chinese-food deliveryman to his death in Brooklyn all
for $12 and some chicken, police said.
As cops announced the arrests of a 19-year-old woman and a 16-year-old boy, detectives
were searching for the gunman who shot Jian Chun Lin, 36, during the bungled robbery
"Their plan was to split the money between the two males and to give the female
the food," a high-ranking police source said.
Shaniqua Brown, 19, allegedly called the Happy House restaurant around 8 p.m. Tuesday,
saying she wanted a $13 order of General Tso's chicken, hot wings and French fries
delivered to a fourth-floor apartment in Brownsville.
She lives in another apartment in the Union St. building, cops said.
When Lin arrived, the people in the fourth-floor apartment denied ordering food. He
walked down the stairs and was ambushed on the second floor by a 22-year-old gunman, cops
"The perp said, 'Give it up,'" said the police source. "The victim then
pulled out a kitchen knife and was shot ... in the stomach."
Lin, an undocumented immigrant from Fuzhou, China, was carrying $12, which was not
taken. The food was left at the scene, but Lin's bike was stolen, police said.
Charged with murder and attempted robbery were Brown and Ernest Carroway, 16, of
Queens, who confessed to being the trio's lookout, cops said.
They did not release the name of the suspected shooter in the slaying, which eerily
echoed the 2000 killing of a Queens deliveryman lured and beaten to death by teenagers.
Lin was married with two children and lived with other Chinese immigrants in an
apartment above the Happy House.
He was working long hours to raise money to bring his family to the United States,
friends said. Yesterday, neighbors built a shrine of candles and flowers near the crime
"I don't care if he's white, red, green or orange," said James McDuffy, 50.
"He was a man, and he was part of the community."