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Love Triangle Led To 2011 Murder Of Teaneck Man, Prosecutor Says

Prosecutor says additional arrest is possible

TEANECK, NJ -- A jealous husband who was found shot to death last year in his charred Elm Avenue home, authorities charged Friday. 

Sui Kam “Tony” Tung, 49, faces first-degree murder, first-degree felony murder and aggravated arson charges in the March 2011 death of Robert Cantor, according to a statement released Friday night by the Bergen County Prosecutor’s Office.

Tung confronted Cantor at his home late the night of March 6, 2011 after learning of an affair between Tung’s estranged wife and Cantor, Prosecutor John Molinelli said in the statement. Tung first learned of the relationship in 2010 and began stalking Cantor, eventually confronting him in Teaneck the night before he was found shot and his Elm Avenue home ablaze, authorities said. 

“At the time of the murder, the victim was estranged from his wife and in the process of a divorce," Molinelli said in the statement. "Cantor had been actively involved in a romantic relationship with Tony Tung’s wife, who during the course of that relationship initiated divorce proceedings against Tung."

Tung, of York Avenue in Manhattan, had gone to Cantor's home three times before the fatal March confrontation, Molinelli said Friday night. He said the date of the killing was significant to Cantor and Tung’s wife.

More charges were possible as the investigation continues, Molinelli said. 

"We have reason to believe that someone else maybe had been involved or complicit," Molinelli said. He said it was possible another person was at least aware of the crime, but would not elaborate. 

Molinelli said the murder weapon has not been found, and declined to detail evidence in the case. He said detectives recently came upon evidence leading to the arrest.

Larry Seltzer, who knew Cantor for more than 20 years, said news of the arrest came as a relief and he had suspected Tung was the killer. 

"It seemed for a great while that he was getting away with murder," he said. "It's been something that I've been waiting for." 

Cantor's friends have said they knew who was behind the murder and believed it was motivated by jealousy. 

The from some of Cantor’s friends who criticized Molinelli’s office over its handling of the case. The group and lobbied Gov. Chris Christie to intervene.

Molinelli defended his office's handling of the murder probe, saying dozens of investigators had stayed on the case in the days leading up to the arrest.  

"We always want to make sure when we file charges that we do it the right way," he said. 

Neighbors at Tung's New York City building said they didn't know him well. 

An employee at a nearby store, who declined to be identified, said Tung was often seen outside his apartment each morning. 

"I usually see him outside, but not this morning," the worker said late Friday. 

Tung owned a computer repair store on Manhattan's Upper West Side, she said. 

Tung was being held on $3 million bail at the Manhattan Detention Complex, pending an extradition hearing, authorities said. Molinelli thanked detectives from the Prosecutor's Office, Teaneck Police and the NYPD for their work on the case and arrest. 

The killing was one of two brutal murders in Teaneck since August 2010 involving arson. Outspoken resident Joan Davis after her Alpine Drive home was set ablaze. The killings left and prompted calls for justice, however, authorities stressed the crimes were not linked. 

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Leslie May 12, 2012 at 03:49 PM
I know Tony. I guess I can see how people would misinterpret his confidence as being smug, but he isn't that way at all (and I'm quick to judge). Once you get to know him, you see the real side of Tony. He is thoughtful, sensitive, and very intelligent. I have been quite upset since I heard he was arrested and until I see what kind of evidence they have against him, I am remembering the Tony who is my friend. He was always there for me, so I am standing beside him. My heart hurts for the victim and his family and friends. I just hope this is not a witch hunt, so that both parties receive justice. I pray that Tony gets a fair trial.
Caroline May 12, 2012 at 04:40 PM
I have taken the time to read all the comments listed here and would like to say that I believe that the person calling Tony a loser is using a fake name as there is a parent from Shuang Wen who uses this word repeatedly and has attacked other parents with the same line. I would also like to say that if someone is aware of Tony being with his daughter they should come forward as I also knew Tony to be completely devoted to his daughters, and I do know that cases can become political rather than factual as there are two cases one in Federal court where a group of parents supporting a disgraced Principal are suing the Chancellor for "racism" and a case where a parent was accused of wanting to "burn down a school" where the initial accusation came from a guidance counselor who they were helping to avoid be harassed by the same Principal. I also think that murder is wrong, but some people crack, and all the psycho-babble about anger is just that. It seems that some people believe that because a person is getting a divorce means that all feeling disappear, and with children involved well my feeling is that it becomes violatale, (excuse spelling) and I do believe with all respect that when one is going through a separation or divorce one should make sure that a certain period of time passes before dating. I don't believe in stoning but there is something called respect for someone you shared a life with, but it seems in the U.S. we just have no respect at all.
Anon Ymous May 12, 2012 at 06:26 PM
If the article above is accurate, it states two ' facts' ; Tung was estranged/in divorce process at the time of the murder on March 6, 2011 & also that Tung found out about the affair earlier, in 2010. The article does not state that Tung & his wife were in the process of a divorce & estranged in 2010 when Tung first learned of the cheating. Assuming the article has the correct information, the wife was cheating before her marital separation. It doesn't justify murder & arson, but the emotions associated with it are surely different than killing his 'almost' ex-wife's new lover that came into her life after their marriage split. Personally, I would be more angry with the cheating spouse than the lover. The spouse broke their vows & tore apart the family unit.
Les Chow May 13, 2012 at 01:27 AM
Leslie, You sound like a truly admirable and decent minded man. I'm just relieved that you are safe, and Tony is now off the streets, and we shall allow Justice to do its 'thang' as people say, and hope for the best. Go Rangers!
follow-up question May 14, 2012 at 08:01 PM
where were YOU on the night of the murder and arson? pls record the i.p. number of the computer that sent that post immediately above...

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