Man arrested in brutal Santa Barbara slaying
March 26, 2016
Deputies arrested a suspect Friday in the murder of a Santa Barbara doctor, his wife and their five-year-old daughter.
Late Wednesday afternoon, Santa Barbara County Sheriff deputies discovered the bodies of Dr. Weidong “Henry” Han, his wife Huijie “Jennie” Yu, and their 5-year-old daughter, Emily in their Goleta Valley home. The alleged killer, Pierre Haobsh, 27, had shot the family members, wrapped their bodies in plastic wrap and duct tape and placed them in the garage.
Officials said Haobsh had recently been involved in a financial transaction with Weidong Han, who was known to treat patients though a combination of Chinese herbal medicine and western medicine. Investigators point at a financial motive for the murder.
On Friday, officers arrested Haobsh not far from his Oceanside home. In Haobsh’s vehicle, officers found a loaded 9-millimeter gun and items they believe to belonged to the victims.
Officers booked Haobsh into the Santa Barbara County Jail on three counts of murder.
Weidong Hahn was born into a family of doctors in China, according to his bio. Hahn has authored several books and has run the Santa Barbara Herb Clinic since 1991. The business is located about three miles from the home where the bodies were found.
Emily Hahn was in kindergarten at Foothill Elementary School.