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Young man caught after MRT threats

Young man caught after MRT threats

TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A 22-year-old man was hauled in for questioning Tuesday shortly after making online threats that he would stab people at a Mass Rapid Transit station.
The threats came less than a day after 27-year-old Kuo Yen-chun was caught stabbing four people at Zhongshan Station in Taipei.
In a Facebook post, the young man surnamed Yang picked up by police Tuesday said he would follow the example of Cheng Chieh, the man who killed four passengers and injured 24 in a random killing spree on the MRT in May last year.
Yang also wrote he would go to the Zhongshan MRT station to begin killing people. Within an hour of being reported, police already found him, according to media reports.
The man, a high school graduate, was reportedly dissatisfied because his boss was unwilling to give him overtime pay for distributing advertising leaflets outside the Nangang exhibition center.
Yang reportedly told police he had been able to avoid compulsory military service because he had been patient of mental illness departments at two hospitals.
He told police during questioning Tuesday that his threats had merely been an expression of his anger at his employer and that at no time had he been planning to kill people.
The Shilin District Prosecutors Office was planning to question Yang further before deciding what to do with him, reports said. He was released on bail of NT$20,000 Tuesday evening.
The fact that his threats came just hours after Kuo’s actions at Zhongshan Station caused alarm, reports said. In a separate incident Tuesday evening, a man also stabbed a passerby in Sanhsia, New Taipei City.


Updated : 2021-09-28 12:03 GMT+08:00