Suspect in New Taipei murder case extradited to Taiwan

12/08/2021 09:55 PM
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The suspect is seen in the middle seat on a flight from Xiamen to Taipei. Photo courtesy of the authorities
The suspect is seen in the middle seat on a flight from Xiamen to Taipei. Photo courtesy of the authorities

Taipei, Dec. 8 (CNA) A murder suspect who fled to China hours after allegedly gunning down a man in New Taipei's Xindian District on Nov. 22 has been extradited to Taiwan.

The suspect, who local media have reported as Huang Yung-chun (黃泳群), landed at Taipei's Songshan Airport Wednesday and was immediately taken to a nearby hospital after suffering an epileptic fit.

Authorities said Huang will be turned into the custody of the New Taipei police department for questioning after recuperating.

Huang is wanted over the murder of a 45-year-old man, identified by his last name Ho (何), in the early hours of Nov. 22 in New Taipei's Xindian District.

Xindian police first learned of the murder at around 8 a.m. on Nov. 22, after receiving a report of a man who had collapsed on the district's Hua Yuan First Road.

Two gunshot wounds were found on the left side of Ho's neck, and officers also recovered four shell casings at the scene.

Ho was later declared dead after being taken to hospital.

The shooting occurred near the victim's residence as he returned home after dropping his child at school.

Huang is currently the main suspect of the ongoing murder case after surveillance cameras caught him fleeing from the crime scene in a silver car.

The car was subsequently found abandoned at a mall parking lot on Huanhe Road in Xindian District later the same day.

Additional surveillance footage revealed that Huang attempted to hide his tracks by changing into different clothes several times, starting at the Xindian mall, where he then grabbed a taxi to the Taipei MRT's Longshan Temple Station.

He later changed clothes once again and took another taxi to Taoyuan International Airport, where he boarded a plane bound for Xiamen, China.

After confirming Huang's whereabouts, authorities reached out to China in order to have the suspect extradited back to Taiwan.

On Dec. 7, China's Taiwan Affairs Office (TAO) spokesperson Ma Xiaoguang (馬曉光) confirmed that Huang would be repatriated back to Taiwan from Xiamen, so as to safeguard the well-being of people on both sides of the Taiwan Strait and maintain order in cross-Taiwan Strait exchanges.

According to Ma, Xiamen authorities had immediately launched an investigation on Nov. 23. after learning about the incident from Taiwanese media reports.

Ma said Huang had confessed to the crime after he was interrogated by Chinese authorities while undergoing a mandatory 14-day quarantine.

Taiwan and China signed an agreement on jointly fighting cross-strait crime and providing judicial assistance in 2009, and China has repatriated wanted criminals to Taiwan in the past based on this agreement.

On Wednesday agents from Taiwan's Criminal Investigation Bureau arrived in Xiamen to take custody of Huang. Following hours of unspecified delays, Huang eventually boarded the plane.

However, he reportedly began having an epileptic fit shortly after landing in Taipei and before he was turned over to New Taipei police.

According to prosecutors, an interview will be conducted through video after Huang has recovered to determine whether he will be detained.

(By Huang Li-yun, Liu Chien-pang and James Lo) /ASG

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