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Wanted Taiwanese man injured, on run

Wanted Taiwanese man injured, on run

Taipei, Jan. 9 (CNA) A Taiwanese man wanted in connection with the murder of two female Taiwanese students in Tokyo last week is reportedly injured and suspected to be in the Toki region of Japan, which covers Aichi, Gifu, Mie and Shizuoka prefectures, Japanese media reported Monday. According to the reports, 30-year-old Chang Chih-yang's blood was detected at the crime scene in which Julia Chu, 25, and Lin Chih-ying, 23, both of Taiwan, were found covered in blood in their dormitory at the Intercultural Institute of Japan in the Taito district of Tokyo. The finding suggests that Chang might be injured. The two victims died of multiple stab wounds and Chang might have cut the hand in which he held the murder weapon, as some of the victims' injuries show that the killer used a great deal of force, a Japanese police official said at a press conference a day earlier. The police authorities also released a wanted notice at the press conference bearing a photo of Chang and listing his height and other personal data. Police said they issued the wanted notice because Chang was reported to have had feelings for Lin but mentioned to a friend in mid-December that she had "become distant." In addition, after returning to his residence Jan. 5 at around 10 a.m. -- soon after the time the women were attacked -- he told his roommate he was heading to Osaka and had not returned since, the police said. Chang was also captured by surveillance cameras located near the dormitory building on the day the crime took place. Surveillance footage shows that Chang was wearing a dark red outfit but the footage was not clear enough to show whether his clothes were stained with blood, the police said. They added that Chang's passport was found at his residence and he is therefore still in Japan. Chen Tyau-her, deputy chief of the Taipei Economic and Cultural Representative Office in Japan, said following the Sunday press conference that should Chang be arrested or come forward, he will have his basic legal rights, adding that the office will provide any necessary assistance to the Japanese investigative authorities. Meanwhile that day, Chang's public Facebook profile was blocked. His father said the following day that neither Chang's sister nor brother had the information required to access his Facebook account. As of 2 p.m. (Taipei time), Chang's whereabouts was still unknown. (By Johnson Sun, Chen Ching-ping, Yang Ming-chu, and Ann Chen)


Updated : 2021-07-24 14:03 GMT+08:00