Grisly homicide in Dickinson Square West

Noel Or­tea Lemus Del Cid

On Monday, the Philadelphia Police Department released the image of Noel Ortea Lemus Del Cid, a 27-year-old with the last known address of 1331 S. Ninth St., whom they want to question with regards to the March 3 slaying of Thoung Nguyen. At approximately 9:10 p.m. that day, officers were in the area of the 500 block of Washington Avenue when the owners of Lee’s Cafe & Bistro flagged them down out of concern for an employee.

Heading to the basement, which also serves as the food prep/kitchen area, they located the 54-year-old worker on the floor, with a large cut across her throat. A medic unit arrived and pronounced her dead at 9:14 p.m., with law enforcement officials adding she lived on the 2000 block of Emily Street. According to preliminary reports, the decedent had been working as a cook at the Dickinson Square West business and was in the basement to prepare food with another hire who goes by the name “Noel.” The proprietor sent an order to the kitchen and ventured to the space when nothing came after 10 minutes. It was there he located the female.

Police said the suspect is 5-foot-6 with a thin to medium build and works in the restaurant field as a kitchen helper. He might have a cut to one of his hands and drives a white SUV.

Call the Homicide Unit at 215-686-3334, dial 911, text PPDTIP (773847) or visit There is a $20,000 reward for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the perpetrator.