Last suspect in Taipei detective murder turns himself in

In the company of two lawyers, Kuo Shih-chun, the last major suspect in the recent murder of a Taipei detective, turned himself in to the police at 7:30 p.m. yesterday.

The 22-year-old Kuo is a member of the Bamboo Union, one the largest organised crime groups in Taiwan.

On the night of Sept. 14, police detective Hsueh Chen-kuo was murdered by a group of gangsters in Xinyi District's nightclub Spark. According to the police, up to 50 people participated in the beating that led to Hsueh's death.

Kuo first expressed his intention to turn himself in on the night of Sept. 23, and initially indicated he would report to the police at 11 a.m. yesterday, but only showed up at 7:30 p.m.

Kuo alleged played the role of "trumpet blower" in the murder case, summoning a large number of gang members to the scene. Surveillance video also shows Kuo kicking at Hsueh while he lay on the ground. However, Kuo denies the allegations.

Police Launch Offensive

According to the police, eight major suspects were behind the murder, and as of yesterday, seven of them had been detained. With Kuo turning himself in last night, all major suspects are now in custody.

The police have set up a special task force to investigate the incident, and so far it has determined that 47 people were involved in the murder. Of the identified suspects, 31 have been detained, while arrest warrants have been issued for another eight suspects.

The police are still trying to determine the identity of the remaining eight suspects.

As the police have arrested all major suspects, investigation is already underway.

Preliminary investigation found that main suspects Tseng Wei-hao and his girlfriend Liu Hsin-tung initiated the violent act by contacting Hsiao Jui-hung through Line. Tseng and Liu allegedly made the call after feeling that they had been wronged in the nightclub.

Hsiao in turn contacted Kuo, Chou Yu-teng and Wan Shao-cheng. Most other suspects also arrived at the scene after being called on to do so through Line.

In the wake of the murder, the police have initiated multiple searches in nightclubs nationwide. In addition, the police have also launched an offensive against domestic crime groups.

Since Sept. 15, the police mobilized some 21,000 personnel and conducted searches in 3,868 locations. Up to 15 gang leaders and 102 members of the Bamboo Union, Four Seas Gang and Tiandaoming have been arrested.