Snitch Murder Suspect Charged in Tacoma Woman’s Homicide

Tacoma, Washington – A development has arisen in the case of a Tacoma woman’s tragic death, as a second suspect has been charged in connection with the homicide. The victim, Ngaire Tusi, was allegedly killed for cooperating with law enforcement in providing information related to a rape suspect.

Apelu Tauanuu, the newly charged suspect, pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder, conspiracy to commit murder, and attempting to elude police. Following his arraignment, Tauanuu’s bail was set at $1.5 million for the murder charge and $20,000 for attempting to elude authorities.

Authorities in Tacoma had been actively pursuing Tauanuu, who was identified as a suspect in the homicide. After a police pursuit that extended from Tacoma into Gig Harbor, Tauanuu was apprehended following a traffic stop on a Highway 16 off-ramp.

According to court documents, Tauanuu is implicated in the killing of 31-year-old Ngaire Tusi at Oakland Madrona Park on December 24, 2023. Tusi had reportedly shared information with the police regarding James Salanoa, a suspect in a kidnapping and rape case who was subsequently shot and killed by law enforcement. Mohammed Salanoa, James’ uncle, also faces charges in connection with Tusi’s death.

Reports suggest that multiple sources had accused Tusi of being a “snitch” for collaborating with the authorities on the investigation involving James Salanoa. Witnesses have alleged that Tauanuu, in concert with Mohammed Salanoa, was involved in Tusi’s murder, with surveillance footage placing Tauanuu’s vehicle at the park around the time of the incident.

Overall, the case continues to unfold as legal proceedings progress in connection to the tragic events at Oakland Madrona Park. The pursuit of justice for Ngaire Tusi has shed light on the dangerous consequences that may follow when individuals come forward to aid law enforcement in criminal investigations.