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Murder suspect kills himself in front of Japanese police

Murder suspect kills himself in front of Japanese police

Tokyo, Jan. 9 (CNA) The Taiwanese man suspected of having murdered two Taiwanese female students in Tokyo Jan. 5 killed himself in front of policemen after he was hunted down Monday, according to the Tokyo Metropolitan Police Department. Chang Chih-yang, 30, a student at a Japanese language school in Tokyo suspected of having killed fellow language school students Julia Chu and Lin Chih-ying, committed suicide with a knife soon after being arrested in Nagoya Monday evening. Chang's death brought to an end a case that had captivated the media for days after Chu and Lin were found covered in blood in the dormitory of the Intercultural Institute of Japan at around 10 a.m. Jan. 5. One of them died at the scene and the other died a short time later in hospital. Both had sustained fatal injuries to their necks, according to Japanese police. Japanese law enforcement authorities said Chang was caught at the SKE Theatre in Nagoya Monday after police tracked him down via his mobile phone. Upon arresting him, the police asked him if his surname was Chang, to which the suspect answered "yes," and if he had any weapons on him, to which the suspect answered "no," according to Japanese authorities. Chang was then ordered to board a police car to be brought to a police station. Upon arriving at the police station, Chang was ordered to step down, and at that moment he decided to cut his own neck with a knife. The police immediately called an ambulance, but Chang was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital, the authorities said. Once word of the incident surfaced, Japanese media immediately questioned how the police did not think about searching Chang after arresting him. In Taichung in central Taiwan, Lin's aunt said sadly that Chang did double harm to the families of the victims if he did in fact kill himself. In Taipei, Deputy Justice Minister Chen Shou-huang said Chang, if confirmed to be the killer, will not be indicted after completion of the investigation since he is already dead. (By Tsao Heng, Yang Ming-chu, Yang Ching-ping and Deborah Kuo)


Updated : 2021-01-25 07:01 GMT+08:00