Andrew Nguyen Doan: What we know about Former UC Irvine student who threw mother off campus building before jumping to his death

Andrew Nguyen Doan
Andrew Nguyen Doan

News reaching us indicates that a 36 year old man identified as Andrew Nguyen Doan, threw his elderly mother, Thao Thai Nguyen, off a campus building before jumping to his death.

The bodies Thao Thai Nguyen and her 36-year-old son Andrew Nguyen Doan, both of Irvine, were discovered outside the School of Social Sciences on the UC Irvine campus just before 4pm Tuesday.

Though Doan’s motive remains unknown, police said they had interacted with the former UC Irvine student “multiple times in the past.”

The Irvine Police Department last dealt with him in regard to a “mental health concern” in 2019 while he was attending the school.

According to a police statement, investigations determined that Doan picked up his mother and threw her from a landing before jumping.

What we know about Andrew Nguyen Doan

Doan was a biological sciences major at UC Irvine from September 2017 to June 2019 but he didn’t graduate, UCI spokesman Tom Vasich told the Los Angeles Times.

Doan was admitted to a mental institution sometime in 2019 and sexually battered his roommate, an Orange County district attorney’s office spokesperson told the LA Times.

He was arrested but was released from custody after his mother posted his $100,000 bail.

After pleading guilty to the charges, Doan was sentenced to 156 days in jail and given three years probation, which ended in July this year, Orange County Superior Court records state.

Doan and Nguyen lived together in Irvine. Their longtime neighbor Michael Bertin told the Press-Telegram that Doan was known as a “troubled young man.”

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