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Teenager hurt at MRT station

Injury caused by kitchen knife carried by chef Italian restaurant

Teenager hurt at MRT station

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 15-year-old boy was taken to hospital Friday with an apparent stab wound in the chest after he alerted staff at the Taipei Main Station Mass Rapid Transit station, though later reports denied there had been an attack.
The incident was reminiscent of the mass stabbing by student Cheng Chieh on an MRT train on May 21 last year, which left four people dead and more than 20 injured.
Despite initial concern about another case of senseless violence, camera footage released later showed the boy bumping into a man in a black T-shirt ahead of him on the down escalator who was carrying a big white bag. The incident looked more like an accident than an attack.
By late evening, the suspect had been identified as a chef at an Italian restaurant who was carrying his kitchen knives to work.
After the incident, the teenager was immediately taken to nearby National Taiwan University Hospital, while police arrived on the scene. The boy left hospital after receiving stitches for the 4-centimeter-long and 1-centimeter-deep wound.
Later reports said prosecutors were looking into the case and police had identified a 28-year-old man from New Taipei City’s Tamshui District as a potential suspect in the case. They were calling on his relatives to contact him and persuade him to get in touch with the authorities, reports said. Prosecutors were seen visiting the apartment building where he was believed to be living.
The victim had traveled from Tamshui with two friends and alighted at Taipei Main Station to take a train on the Bannan Line to the Ximending area. He felt unwell and found out he had been cut.
According to a police investigation of the MRT ticketing gates, the suspect traveled in the opposite direction after the incident and left the subway system at Taipei City Government Station.


Updated : 2021-09-27 14:23 GMT+08:00