TBI adds Smyrna murder suspect to Most Wanted

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NASHVILLE – The Tennessee Bureau of Investigation has added a Murfreesboro man to its Top Ten Most Wanted list in an effort to help Rutherford County law enforcement officials apprehend him. 

Bounthavy Mouthouta, a 46-year-old man who also goes by the name "Soviet," is wanted in connection with the June 23 shooting that left a man dead and two others injured outside of Souksavanh Thai Restaurant on Almaville Road in Smyrna.

Mouthouta is wanted by the Smyrna Police Department and TBI on one count of first-degree murder and one count of attempted first-degree murder for his alleged involvement in the shooting death of 31-year-old John Bouavong, of Murfreesboro.

He is facing a charge of attempted first-degree murder in connection with shooting of Tommy Nouanemany, who was critically injured when an altercation broke out in the parking lot just before 2 a.m.

Authorities have already apprehended the second suspect in the case, Timmy Nouanemany. He is accused of nearly killing 41-year-old Antioch resident Banthavong Sesesena, the third man shot during the incident.

Police have not confirmed whether the 25-year-old shooting victim is related to Timmy Nouanemany.

Mouthouta is described as an Asian male with black hair, brown eyes and could be driving a 2004 silver Honda Accord with Tennessee tag 093NGR. He is 5 feet 5 inches tall and weighs approximately 140 pounds.

According to law enforcement officials, Mouthouta has previously been arrested on drug charges and may be armed with the 40 caliber pistol used in the shooting.

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Mouthouta is urged to call the TBI at 1-800-824-3463 or Smyrna detectives at 615-267-5434. There is a $1,000 reward for information leading to his arrest.

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