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Man carrying knives on Taipei Metro arrested
【Society】2016-01-01  22:36:22
Taipei, Jan. 1 (CNA) A man found to be carrying four knives on the greater Taipei subway system Friday was arrested by policemen at a station in Zhonghe District in New Taipei, interrupting part of the Orange Line's operations for about a quarter of an hour.

Taipei Rapid Transit Corporation (TRTC), the operator of the subway network, said it received a tip-off from a passenger at about 4:43 p.m. that a man had brought knives on the subway line.

The metro operator stopped the train at its next stop -- the Yongan Market station -- and evacuated some 100 passengers according to standard operating procedures before taking the suspect into custody.

A policeman surnamed Wang suffered a wound to his left hand as he apprehended the man, but there were no other casualties or injuries.

New Taipei police found the suspect, identified as a 53-year-old man surnamed Lee, to be carrying three watermelon knives and a fruit knife and were still questioning him as of Friday evening.

Though the police described him as emotionally unstable, it was still not clear why he had the knives or if he intended to do anything malicious with them.

The Orange Line resumed normal operations at 4:59 p.m.

(By Huang Li-yun, Wang Hung-kuo and Kuo Chung-han)
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