Police arrest May 16 MRT stabbing suspect

Police arrest May 16 MRT stabbing suspect
Police blockade the scene of a stabbing incident at the Jiangzicui Station of the Taipei Metro in Taipei.

A male suspect, surnamed Chen, was arrested yesterday for stabbing a passerby the Taipei City Hall Metro station on May 16, according to the Taipei City Police Department.

According to police, a man surnamed Liu filed a report saying that he was stabbed by a man sporting a ponytail while he was waiting for his friends.

Liu said that he immediately went over to Chen, intending to ask him why hurt him, but the long-haired man left the metro station to take a taxi.

After receiving the report, the police checked the surveillance footage of the metro station, and confirmed that Chen, who lives in New Taipei City, was the unknown man who stabbed Liu.

The police said that they arrested Chen at his residence, but he claimed that he was using the file to fix his nails when he accidentally stabbed Liu with it when walking by.

Meanwhile, a 22-year-old man, surnamed Lin, who posted a message online saying that he appreciated the actions of Cheng Chieh, the assailant in the Taipei Metro stabbing spree, and that he would "take care" of the Miaoli line, was arrested and transferred to prosecutors for offences against public order.

According to the police, Lin said that he posted the message to attract people to like his post.

Another similar case was that a man, surnamed Peng, who has been suspected as the organizer of the Facebook fan page that supports Cheng, stepped out yesterday along with police to deny the allegations.

According to Peng, he only shared two articles from the fan page online because he opposed the idea that those people who left messages online were people of justice.

Peng apologised for his behaviour that caused disturbance to his family and society as a whole.

According to the police, they will continue to investigate the identity of the organizer of the fan page.

Cheng's Parents Apologize for Killings

Cheng's parents issued a joint statement yesterday to apologise to all the victims and the families of the metro killing spree.

According to the neighbour of Cheng's parents, Taipei County Councilor Lin Kuo-chun, they scheduled a press conference to apologise on behalf of their son, but they later decided to issue a press release instead.

Based on the statement, they said that they were shocked and hurt by the killing spree as well, and they are unable to make up for all the pain that the victims and their families are going through now.

If they could, the statement read, they would trade with the victims to suffer the pain that has been caused by their son.

Cheng's parents said that they blame themselves for Cheng's actions, and even the harshest punishment could not make up for what he did.

In the last paragraph of the statement, Cheng's parents said that people who "liked" the Facebook fan page that supports Cheng should not copy his actions because the pain of losing family members is not something that anyone should bear.

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