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Taipei police nab 31 fugitive rapists in less than 3 months

2017/10/01 17:50

Taipei City Police Department Commissioner Chen Chia-chang. CNA file photo

Taipei, Oct. 1 (CNA) Taipei police arrested 31 fugitive rapists in less than three months between March and May, a period that the National Police Agency had set for a special mission under which extra resources were pledged for efforts to capture sex offenders at large around Taiwan, according to a police statement released Sunday.

The special mission took place from March 4 to May 31 in the wake of the shocking homicide of a 24-year-old fashion model who was strangled to death after being raped by a man surnamed Cheng (程) in Taipei's Nangang District March 1.

Cheng has been indicted by Shilin District Prosecutors Office on charges of rape and murder, among others.

Taipei city police were mobilized for a comprehensive manhunt for fugitive rapists in the capital, the Criminal Investigation Division under the Taipei City Police Department said in the statement.

Although the mission has ended, police efforts to crack down on sexual assaults will continue, Taipei City Police Department Commissioner Chen Chia-chang (陳嘉昌) said. He also urged women to take precautions for their own safety, such as avoiding walking alone in remote areas and always locking their car doors after getting in.

(By Chu Tse-wei and Elizabeth Hsu) Enditem/J