Charges: St. Paul bar owner killed over $20 pool game


The owner of a Frogtown establishment was shot and killed early Sunday morning after a patron was upset he couldn’t shoot pool after closing time nor be reimbursed the $20 he had paid to play, according to the Star Tribune.

The criminal complaint states around 2:15 a.m., Malina's owner Vone Moua, 45, stopped 26-year-old Yia Her of Oakdale and Her's brother-in-law, 22-year-old Cheng Vang of Minneapolis, from shooting pool because the bar was closed.

Her complained that he had already paid $20 to rent the table for two hours. In response, Moua challenged Her to a game. If Her won, they could stay another two hours. If Her lost, the two had to leave.

Her and Vang left the bar and came back a short time later. Her told investigators that he was angry and told Vang to a bring a gun to the bar to scare Moua into refunding the $20.

After pounding was heard at the door, Moua allowed a waitress to open it, allowing the two back in the bar.

Moua and Her got into a shoving match before Vang allegedly shot Moua, the newspaper says, and two others who tried to intervene.

Moua died at the scene. The other two victims are expected to survive.

Her and Vang fled in a car. Her was arrested in St. Paul just after noon Sunday. A warrant has been issued for Vang, according to WCCO.

Both are charged with second-degree murder and two counts of attempted second-degree murder.

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