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Suspect in TRA train graffiti incident arrested

09/07/2023 12:15 PM
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The police arrest a man on suspicion of spray painting graffiti on a Taiwan Railways Administration carriage in mid-August on Wednesday at the Taoyuan International Airport. Photo courtesy of the police Sept. 6, 2023
The police arrest a man on suspicion of spray painting graffiti on a Taiwan Railways Administration carriage in mid-August on Wednesday at the Taoyuan International Airport. Photo courtesy of the police Sept. 6, 2023

Taipei, Sept. 7 (CNA) The police said on Wednesday that they arrested a man on suspicion of spray painting graffiti on a Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) carriage in mid-August.

In a statement released on Wednesday, police said a joint task force with the New Taipei District Prosecutors Office identified a male suspect surnamed Chiang (江) after reviewing almost 200 surveillance cameras across Taipei and New Taipei.

The male suspect surnamed Chiang is seen in the surveillance footage in this photo released on Wednesday by the police. Photo courtesy of the police Sept. 6, 2023
The male suspect surnamed Chiang is seen in the surveillance footage in this photo released on Wednesday by the police. Photo courtesy of the police Sept. 6, 2023

Based on their investigation, police said they found Chiang changed his clothes four times and transferred to multiple taxis after spray painting the EMU3000 train at a depot in Shulin District, New Taipei on the night of Aug. 12.

Although Chiang fled Taiwan after vandalizing the train, police said they received intelligence he was set to fly back to the country on Wednesday.

Chiang was arrested upon arrival at Taoyuan International Airport and handed over to prosecutors for questioning on suspicion of violating the Railway Act and other offenses.

The police said the case allegedly involved two men, one of whom is Chiang, and the other is a foreigner.

Based on their investigation, the two were not involved in the mass rapid transit (MRT) graffiti incidents that happened across Taiwan in late August. However, law enforcement officials would expand their investigation into the case.

(By Liu Chien-pang and Evelyn Yang)

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Taiwan Railways Administration workers remove graffiti on an EMU3000 inter-city express train at the depot in Shulin District, New Taipei on Aug. 13, 2023. Photo courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration
Taiwan Railways Administration workers remove graffiti on an EMU3000 inter-city express train at the depot in Shulin District, New Taipei on Aug. 13, 2023. Photo courtesy of Taiwan Railways Administration
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