Man Pleads Guilty to Stalking and Kidnapping Woman
ALEXANDRIA, Va. – A Virginia man pleaded guilty today to charges of interstate stalking, interstate domestic violence, and being a felon in possession of ammunition.
According to court records, Nam Quoc Hoang, 41, of Springfield, began stalking his ex-girlfriend in late December 2013. Nam’s harassment began when he sent his ex-girlfriend a series of messages in which he threatened to post sexually explicit photographs of her unless she paid him money. When his ex-girlfriend did not pay him, Nam posted the photographs and continued to repost the photographs even after Facebook took the photographs down. After posting the photographs, Nam and his co-conspirator, Khoa Dang Vu Hoang, traveled from Virginia to Maryland to stalk his ex-girlfriend throughout January 2014. This stalking included breaking into her home on two occasions and taking valuable personal items, which were never recovered.
On Jan. 26, 2014, Khoa observed the ex-girlfriend’s Facebook post “checking in” to a nightclub in Washington, D.C. Khoa informed Nam about this post and the men drove to the nightclub and waited for Nam’s ex-girlfriend to return to her vehicle and leave. The men then followed her, and when she stopped at a traffic light Nam approached her vehicle, displayed a weapon, and demanded entry. His ex-girlfriend, afraid for her life, let Nam into the vehicle. Once inside the vehicle, Nam hit his ex-girlfriend in the face and threatened her and her family.
A federal jury convicted Khoa in March for interstate stalking and conspiracy. Khoa will be sentenced on July 21, 2017. Nam faces a maximum penalty of 30 years in prison when sentenced on September 29. Actual sentences for federal crimes are typically less than the maximum penalties. A federal district court judge will determine any sentence after taking into account the U.S. Sentencing Guidelines and other statutory factors.
Dana J. Boente, U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia; and Andrew W. Vale, Assistant Director in Charge of the FBI’s Washington Field Office, made the announcement after Senior U.S. District Judge T.S. Ellis, III accepted the plea. Assistant U.S. Attorneys James L. Trump, Carina A. Cuellar, and James Levine are prosecuting the case.
A copy of this press release is located on the website of the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of Virginia. Related court documents and information is located on the website of the District Court for the Eastern District of Virginia or on PACER by searching for Case No. 1:16-cr-193.