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Suspect in Taichung tycoon’s murder repatriated from Thailand after spending time in Samui

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Suspect in Taichung tycoon’s murder repatriated from Thailand after spending time in Samui | Samui Times

The suspect in the high-profile ransom and murder of a wealthy Taichung man was repatriated to Taiwan Friday night after being on the run in Thailand for 16 days.

Yuan hsinHsieh Yuan-hsin, who worked as a chauffeur for the man, appeared calm upon his arrival at Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport, but did not speak to the press.

Hsieh was later sent to Taichung police bureau after his identity was confirmed.

Police want to know if Hsieh acted alone as he claims, and how he managed to kidnap and apparently murder his boss, Taichung tycoon Shih Chia-chin, and then flee the country all in the same day.

Hsieh fled to Thailand with a forged passport on Aug. 18. He landed in Bangkok and fled to Koh Samui and then Chiang Rai before heading northeastwards into Laos.

He was apprehended by Thai police Wednesday when he tried to re-enter Thailand Wednesday.

The victim was abducted on Aug. 18 when he was picked up by Hsieh at the airport upon returning to Taiwan from a trip to the United States.

Rather than driving his employer home however, Hsieh and two accomplices allegedly kidnapped Shih and demanded his family transfer NT$30 million (around US$1 million) to a designated bank account as ransom.

The transfer was made, but the worried family called the police when Shih was still not returned.

Hsieh attempted to collect the money at a bank but eventually gave up because he apparently thought he had been discovered.

The decomposing body of the 57-year-old Shih was found in the mountains in Tainan on Aug. 24. Police said he died of dozens of stab wounds.

Police found the body by tracking the movements of different vehicles used by the chauffeur and his alleged accomplices.

The other suspects believed to be involved in the businessman’s death were arrested Aug. 25 by police in the counties of Pingtung and Yunlin.


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