Suspect accused of robbing man on express train caught

TAIPEI - Authorities have apprehended a suspect for the allegedly robbing of an elderly man aboard an express train yesterday evening in New Taipei City.

The man, whose identity has not been released and who is estimated to be around 20 years old was reported to have attempted to steal from a elderly man (estimated to be 70 years old) when the Taiwan Railway's Tze-Chiang Ltd. Express No. 145 train was making a scheduled stop at New Taipei's Banqiao station.

Officials from the Railway Police Bureau's Banqiao Precinct stated that the suspect attempted to steal personal effects from the older man who appeared to be selling magnolia flower loops for a living. A scuffle ensued in the train's fifth car when it arrived at the station at 18:23. Due to the incident, the Kaohsiung-bound train was delayed for approximately three minutes.

As train operation officials approached the scene, the suspect attempted to flee from the platform but was stopped by security personnel who turned him over to railway police. Police are continuing their investigations into the matter.

Train Accidents Kill 2

In related news, northbound trains hit pedestrians at rail crossings in Taichung and Tainan yesterday, killing two people and delaying 37 trains on Dragon Boat Festival day.

The first accident happened at 8:43 a.m. in the Taichung area between Chenggong Station and Xinwuri Station, causing delays to 27 trains that affected 10,470 passengers, the Taiwan Railways Administration (TRA) said.

The TRA restored operations to normal at 11:09 a.m.

The second accident occurred at 3:11 p.m. north of Yongkang Station, causing delays to 10 trains that affected some 3,200 passengers, the TRA said.

The pedestrian who was hit in the Tainan accident, a homeless man in his 60s, was killed on the spot.

Rail services resumed to normal at 3:55 p.m.

The accidents occurred during a peak time for train travel, coming in the middle of a three-day holiday weekend for the Dragon Boat Festival that began Friday.