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Posted on: April 22, 2021

Two indicted in 2012 Homicide Case

PORTLAND, Maine – Two people have been indicted and are in custody related to a violent triple-shooting incident on July 11, 2012 that resulted in the murder of Matthew Blanchard. 

Blanchard was walking with three relatives near Congress Street and India Street when several gunshots were fired at them. Blanchard died from a gunshot wound during that shooting. Two of the other three who were with Blanchard were also shot, but their injuries were not life threatening.

On April 9, 2021, based on an investigation by the Portland Police Department, an indictment was handed down by the Cumberland County Grand Jury charging Zachary T. Phach (DOB 7-29-1989) and Khang Tran (DOB 6-24-1993) with murder, aggravated attempted murder, elevated aggravated assault and criminal conspiracy.

Tran was already in custody in the Moshannon Valley Correctional Center in Phillipsburg, PA for other crimes. On April 20, 2021, with the assistance of the Stanislaus County Sheriff’s Department, Phach was arrested and detained in jail in Modesto, CA. Both men face pending extradition proceedings to bring them back to Maine. 

“We are pleased for the Blanchard family and this community that the Grand Jury has indicted these two men for their role in Matthew’s death,” said Chief Frank Clark. “Investigating the death of another human being is a tremendous responsibility. I applaud the diligence of our detectives, as well as the collaboration with our law enforcement partners out of state, for the follow through on this case. The reduction in calls and crime reports that we’ve experienced since the start of the pandemic has allowed for the reallocation of time and investigative resources, ultimately aiding us in being able to hold these violent offenders accountable for their actions. Work on this and other unsolved cases will continue.”

With these arrests, 13 Unsolved Homicides remain on the department’s open case list. Each of these cases is assigned to an investigator, who continues to review, follow up and work to bring closure to the families. The cases are often reviewed to see if evidence that was collected from the scenes can be examined using new technology or forensic examinations. 

If anyone has any information that could help Police solve any of these Unsolved Homicides, please call (207) 874-8575 or contact us anonymously. 

To provide information anonymously: 

  • Call our Crime Tip line: 207-874-8584, or

  • Text keyword “PPDME” plus message to 847411 (TIP411)