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Taipei metro train attacker detained (update)
Central News Agency
2014-05-22 11:25 AM
Taipei, May 22 (CNA) The attacker who killed four people and injured 21 in a stabbing spree on a Taipei metro train Wednesday was detained early Thursday. The New Taipei District Court approved a request from prosecutors to take Cheng Chieh into custody in a hearing that lasted only 10 minutes. Cheng's detention is warranted because he is a flight risk who poses a huge danger to the public, the court explained. The 21-year-old college student, however, will not be kept incommunicado, since he has confessed to his crime, the court said. Cheng appeared to be a clear-thinking person and gave clear answers when questioned about the process of the killing and his motive, the court added. The suspect was taken to the Taipei Detention Center under a police escort after the hearing. According to police, Cheng's parents described him as a shut-in who likes to play computer games, especially killing games. New Taipei City Councilor Lin Kuo-chun, who is a neighbor of Cheng, said the boy's father is very sad and apologetic about the incident and has no idea how the family can atone for the wrongs done by his son to the victims. Cheng, a New Taipei resident who studies at Tunghai University in Taichung, madly hacked passengers with a 30-cm-long fruit knife on a metro train that was heading west between Longshan Temple Station in Taipei and Jiangzicui Station in New Taipei before he was subdued by police and metro staff. Police said the suspect was not found to have been drinking alcohol or taking drugs before going on the rampage. (By Wang Hong-kuo, Sunrise Huang, Bien Chin-feng and Y.F. Low)
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