SEATTLE -- One of the FBI's 10 most wanted fugitives, sought on charges of killing 13 people in a Chinatown gambling club nearly two years ago, tried to use bogus identification to hoodwink authorities who arrested him in Canada, authorities said.
Wai-Chiu 'Tony' Ng, an immigrant from Hong Kong, was arrested Thursday at his apartment in Calgary, Alberta, ending a manhunt that began when the lone survivor of the grisly Wah Mee Club slayings Feb. 19, 1983, identified him and two other men.
Ng, 27, initially tried to confuse authorities by presenting false identification, but 'when he couldn't do it, he stopped,' Allen Whitaker, special agent in charge of the FBI in Seattle, said.
Ng, he said, had been a Calgary resident for at least eight months before he was captured without incident by Royal Canadian Mounted Police, Seattle police officers and FBI special agents from Seattle.
'It was a very routine arrest ...,' Whitaker said, 'no violence, no weapons, no scuffle.'
The agent said Ng had been living under an assumed name, 'Jim Wong.'
Ng was one of three young immigrants from Hong Kong charged with 13 counts of first-degree murder and one count of attempted murder in the Seattle Chinatown slayings.
He was placed on the FBI's most wanted list in June, and authorities said then they suspected he may have fled to Hong Kong or Canada.
A tip to Seattle police led authorities to Ng's residence in Calgary, Whitaker said, but he refused to disclose further details.
Whitaker and Assistant Seattle Police Chief Roy Skagen said investigators had difficulty identifying Ng because he was wearing glasses and had shorter hair than the pictures shown on the FBI's most wanted list.
FBI agents believe Ng was employed as an assembly worker for an electronics plant in Calgary.
'We think he was employed, but he wasn't living in the lap of luxury,' the agent said.
Ng was first identified as a suspect in the gambling club murders by the lone survivor, Wai Chin, 62, who identified Ng and two others, Benjamin Ng, 21, no relation, and Kwan Fai 'Willie' Mak, 23, as the three men who robbed, hog-tied and then methodically shot each victim in the head.
More than $10,000 in gambling money was taken during the murder-robbery.
Benjamin Ng and Mak were arrested the day of the slayings and convicted of the murders in separate trials last year. The juries recommended the death penalty for Mak and life in prison without possibility of parole for Ng, who was later convicted of another unrelated murder.
All three men were immigrants from Hong Kong and had worked in restaurants and gambling clubs in Seattle's international district prior to the murders.
The FBI said Tony Ng's extradition from Canada would have to be requested by the State Department and Washington Gov. John Spellman.