Taiwan gang member turns himself in following mob attack, killing of police detective

Taiwan gang member turns himself in following mob attack, killing of police detective

TAIPEI, Taiwan - Wanted by the police since the murder of a police detective 10 days ago, gang member Chou Yu-teng (周譽騰) yesterday turned himself in to the police, bringing the main wanted suspect list down to one other gang member.

Police are currently searching for the last suspect, Kuo Shih-chun (郭士均), in the killing of police detective Hsueh Chen-kuo (薛偵國) on the night of Sept. 14. Hsueh intervened in a nightclub dispute and was said to have kicked one of the clubgoers before being beaten to death by a dozen others.

Warrants have led to 29 arrests as of press time, with six detained by the Taipei District Prosecutors Office. Chou turned himself in yesterday afternoon, accompanied by his mother and attorney.

Aside from the Taipei City Police Department's Xinyi Precinct, the Criminal Investigation Division dispatched a special team to crack down on the gang supposedly involved in the killing of Hsueh. Investigation revealed that already detained suspect Hsiao Jui-hung (蕭叡鴻) had contacted Chou, Ma Yin-hung (馬寅紘), a soldier on active duty, and Yi Pao-hung (易寶宏) to gather at a nearby riverside park before heading to the nightclub for "some action."

Another suspect, Wan Shao-cheng (萬少丞), stated during interrogation that Kuo had called him to "help out" at the nightclub.

After watching surveillance footage, police estimate that as many as 50 people were involved in the killing of the police detective, and among those already detained are main suspects Tseng Wei-hao (曾威豪), his girlfriend Liu Hsin-tung (劉芯彤), Wan, Hsiao, Yi and Ma.

Chou Denies Attacking Detective

After turning himself in, Chou admitted that he was at the scene of the attack on Hsueh but had not assaulted Hsueh, nor called out "kill him" as other suspects had stated.

Another man, surnamed Chen, also turned himself in yesterday but the degree of his involvement is as yet unclear.

The police stated that there are six other suspects still in the wind, including Kuo, but the police has contacted him through acquaintances and is persuading him to come out of hiding.

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