TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – A suspect in drugs and fraud cases escaped from Kaohsiung’s Xiaogang Airport Monday night after jumping to the tarmac following his arrival on a flight from Beijing, reports said.
The man in his forties, named as Chao, arrived in Kaohsiung at 10:25 p.m. on China Airlines flight 592, the company said. Instead of following other passengers through customs, he stayed around the gate until 11:14 p.m., when he opened a window near Gate 27 and jumped through it on to the tarmac 3 meters below.
Five minutes later, he walked over to the outer perimeter of the airport, climbed over a fence, which triggered an alarm, and ran away, reports said.
Airport police hurried to the site of his escape but did not find any trace of the man, according to media reports.
Further research showed that the man was a Taiwanese citizen wanted by the Kaohsiung District Prosecutors Office in drugs and fraud cases.
Police and investigators were still searching for the man Tuesday noon, reports said.
Many fugitives from the law in Taiwan try to escape to China, where they are occasionally arrested and returned to Taiwan under a judicial cooperation agreement. Over the past year, several Taiwanese fraud suspects arrested overseas have been put on planes to China despite protests by Taipei. Beijing claimed their victims were mostly Chinese citizens, so the Taiwanese should be tried in China.