TAIPEI (Taiwan News) -- After a Chinese-American man Wan (萬) was arrested for shoving his wife off the fourth-floor staircase in the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, he was overheard shouting "Trump save me," according to Liberty Times.
Wan, 32, had previously been working as an actuary in the U.S. However, he lost his job and was unable to find new employment.
In February of this year, Wan took his Taiwanese-Canadian wife surnamed Chang (張), 33, and their child to Taiwan for the Lunar New Year holiday. Wan had originally planned to return to the U.S. in April.
On Sunday (March 17), Wan had an argument with Chang over his inability to find a job and their child's living conditions. Wan then angrily stormed off toward the Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport and Chang was in hot pursuit.
At 12:38 a.m. on Monday morning, Chang tracked down Wan in Terminal 2 of the airport. Chang then suddenly received a phone call from a family member asking her to return home to take care of their child.
Chang tried to leave, but Wan refused to let her go. The two then engaged in a heated argument as they walked down the staircase on the fourth floor of the terminal.
Stair landing where both Wan and Chang fell from. (CNA image)
When they reached a landing, surveillance footage shows Wan putting Chang in a bear hug and hurling her off the stair landing. Chang banged against a side wall and other objects before landing in a safety net.
Approximately 30 seconds after Chang fell, Wan soon jumped as well and landed heavily on Chang. After falling, Wan climbed out the safety net and staggered to the south side of the entrance hall next to an elevator, where he sat on the ground.
After police were alerted, both were sent to a hospital for treatment. Chang was seriously injured, including lacerations on her head and multiple fractures, and is in a coma in the intensive care unit.
Wan (center). (CNA image)
Wan suffered fractured ribs, but his injuries were not considered life-threatening. When police transferred him to the Taiwan Taoyuan District Prosecutors Office on suspicion of attempted murder, he was noncompliant.
He then began to argue with police, who placed him in handcuffs. When three officers were dispatched to escort Wan to a police squad car, he reportedly shouted in English "I am an American! President Trump save me!"
As Wan is being charged with attempted murder and is considered a flight risk, prosecutors convinced the court to allow them to place him in custody. Meanwhile, Chang's father is reportedly set to file a lawsuit against Wan.