Victim’s E-journal led to slay suspect


A doomed Queens man’s chilling computer entry led cops to a suspect who allegedly robbed and killed the victim and his sister to finance a return to China, police said yesterday.
Jin Lin, 23, was charged with first-degree murder yesterday in the bloody slayings of Sharon and Simon Ng in their Kew Gardens Hills apartment Thursday, officials said.

Cops zeroed in on Lin, who once dated the woman, because Ng typed a journal entry into his computer fingering his sister’s ex-boyfriend as the suspect, police said.

“He wrote that he was wondering why Lin was there and wished he would leave,” said Police Officer Jennara Everleth, an NYPD spokeswoman.

Cops said that Ng, 19, let Lin into the second-floor apartment in the late afternoon when Lin asked if he could wait for the 21-year-old Sharon.

Sgt. Michael Breidenbach, head of the 107th Precinct detective squad, said the entry turned Lin’s alibi upside down.

“That puts him in the apartment,” said Breidenbach, adding that investigators got Lin to confess after confronting him with the entry.

Lin told cops he wanted to rob her to help him buy a plane ticket back to Hong Kong, law enforcement sources said.

Lin – who was picked up at his Flushing home on Friday – told cops that he set upon Simon Ng after failing to find any money in Sharon’s bedroom.

Lin tied Simon Ng up and stabbed him repeatedly in the chest with a butcher knife, cops said.

It was not clear how much time passed before Sharon Ng came home at 9:30 p.m. Cops said Lin pounced on her as she entered the home and stabbed her repeatedly in the neck.

In the minutes after the attack, Sharon Ng’s current boyfriend called and she managed to tell him to get help.

She died about an hour later at New York Hospital Medical Center of Queens.

A cousin of the slain siblings – their own parents returned to Hong Kong six months ago – remained in shock over the killings yesterday.

“It’s unbelievable that it was one single guy!” said Sam Cheung, 24. “He took two lives. How can one person do this?”

Originally published on May 17, 2005