TAIPEI, Taiwan - Taipei police yesterday arrested Chen Fu-hsiang (陳福祥), who is suspected of committing a double murder in a Ximending parking garage earlier this month.
Forensic evidence ties Chen to the fatal shootings of Tsai Tsong-yu (蔡宗育) and Tsai Kai-yang (蔡鎧陽), aged 24 and 21, in the E-mei (峨眉) parking garage on Jan. 13.
After 12 days on the run, Chen was arrested early yesterday in a high-rise studio apartment in Greater Taoyuan.
Chen was asleep with a firearm on hand when the police team entered, but no violence occurred at the point of arrest.
"We had initiated the raid at 6:40 a.m. precisely in the hope that the suspect would not be awake and there wouldn't be unnecessary bloodshed," said Lee Wen-chang (李文章), chief of the Taipei City Police Department Criminal Investigation Division.
After the arrest, Taipei police arrested three other men suspected of aiding and abetting Chen during the 12-day manhunt.
All suspects have been taken into custody and sent to Taipei for questioning.
Chen, 37, was found yesterday inside a monthly rental at the intersection of Zhongzheng Road (中正路) and Sanming Road (三民路) in Greater Taoyuan.
Taipei police had used cellphone surveillance technology to identify Chen's phone number and tracked his smartphone SIM card to pinpoint his whereabouts.
The suspect used his smartphone to view pornographic videos yesterday until approximately 3:30 a.m., Lee said.
At 6:40 a.m., a 60-unit police team entered Chen's 14th floor studio, catching the sleeping suspect off guard.
At the site, police confiscated two firearms, 165 rounds of ammunition, over NT$400,000 in cash and a stash of marijuana and amphetamines.
According to the surveillance footage provided by the building's management committee, an unresisting Chen was taken from the building at 7:20 a.m. in bare feet and loose-fitting clothing.
Footage shows a small furnished room littered with snacks and empty beverage containers.
Lee said the doubled shootings on Jan. 13 likely resulted from a NT$4.4 million ketamine transaction gone bad.
Tsai Tsong-yu, Tsai Kai-yang and a third man Chen Wei-yu (陳威宇) had arranged to purchase 20 kg of ketamine from the gunman, who intended to pocket the money without delivering.
According to the police report, Chen Fu-hsiang allegedly told the Tsais that the ketamine stash was stored in the E-Mei parking garage.
After shooting the two men and collecting the money, the suspect hid in three locations in Greater Taoyuan with help from three associates who were also arrested yesterday.
Chen, who is said to belong to the Bu Dao chapter (不倒堂) of the Celestial Way gang (天道盟), has a criminal record with charges that include drug trafficking and firearms sales.