A suspect wanted for attacking two people with a watermelon knife, killing one, and seriously injuring another, during a dispute at a KTV in Pingtung County last month, has been arrested after a 21-day-long manhunt, Pingtung County police announced today, February 17.
Pingtung County Police received a report of a dispute at a KTV in Pingtung City at 5:36 am, January 26. Fifteen police officers were dispatched to the scene of the incident. When police arrived the fight was over, but two men were seriously injured.
A 37-year-old man, named Chen, lost vital signs at the scene, and was later declared dead at the hospital. A 40-year-old man, named Lin was sent to the hospital in a critical condition.
Police investigators identified a 24-year-old man, also named Lin, as the suspect in the attack. According to the investigation, Lin had a dispute with the two men after entering the wrong KTV booth. Lin allegedly went to his car and fetched a watermelon knife, then returned and attacked Chen and Lin.
Chen was slashed from his chest to his abdomen, and bled to death, while Lin had his right arm completely cut off.
Investigators found that Lin had previous criminal records, and had recently been released from prison. A special investigation team gave up their leave for the annual Lunar New Year holidays to conduct a nationwide search to track Lin down. Eventually, investigators identified an accomplice named Lee, who was acting as Lin’s proxy, and by following Lee, locked in on Lin’s location.
Police swooped and arrested Lee and Lin in a carpark in Nanzhou Township, Pingtung County, yesterday at 6:15 pm.
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