Oyster Bay resident Qing Ming (Allen) Yu and his alleged associates Antony Abreu and Zhe (Zack) Zhang have been charged with murder-for-hire relating to the execution-style killing of businessman Xin (Chris) Gu in Flushing, Queens on Feb. 12, 2019.
According to court filings, Yu, 55, allegedly hired his co-defendants to kill Gu because Gu had left Yu’s Manhattan-based real estate development company called Amaco and started his own rival company called KG Management in late 2018. Yu’s company was having financial troubles at the time Gu quit, and several Amaco clients followed Gu to his new company.
Abreu is alleged to be the shooter and Zhang the getaway driver. On the evening of Feb. 11, 2019, Gu hosted more than 100 people at a Lunar New Year celebration at a restaurant in Flushing and an after-party at a nearby karaoke bar, to celebrate his newly opened company.
At around 2:30 a.m. on Feb. 12, 2019, Gu called an Uber and waited for the car outside. Abreu allegedly exited a car he had been waiting in and shot Gu multiple times and fled in Zhang’s vehicle. Later, Zhang allegedly rewarded Abreu with an expensive Richard Mille wristwatch for successfully carrying out the hit.
Assistant U.S. Attorneys Nadia Moore, Devon Lash and Gabriel Park are prosecuting the case. Yu is represented by attorney James Kousouros; Abreu by Susan Kellman; Zhang by Henry Mazurek.
All three defendants are in custody. At the time of his arrest, Yu owned at least four properties in the New York City area, including an eight-bedroom home in Oyster Bay, which had an estimated value of more than $2 million. Zhang, 35, was arrested in Arcadia, California, at a residence he was renting for $9,000-a-month. Abreu, 35, is a resident of Queens.
If convicted of murder-for-hire, the defendants face mandatory life sentences.