An international manhunt is now underway for a man accused of murdering a newly engaged Yale student in February.
Qinxuan Pan, 29, has been wanted for the past two months in the murder of Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang. Jiang was found gunned down outside his fiancée’s New Haven, Connecticut apartment the night of Feb. 7, just one week after he proposed, according to the New Haven Independent.
Shortly after the incident, Pan was found stopped on railroad tracks with a flat tire in nearby North Haven. Not realizing that Pan was a person of interest in Jiang’s murder, police called him a tow truck and escorted him back to his hotel. By the time they learned their mistake and returned, he’d already fled, North Haven police chief Kevin Glenn told the Independent.
A manhunt was soon on for Pan, although it took several weeks for police to officially identify him as a murder suspect. Instead, he was initially only wanted for car theft: when police found him with a flat tire, he was driving a vehicle he’d allegedly stolen from a Massachusetts dealership earlier that day, according to a police report obtained by Oxygen.com.
The search for Pan rapidly expanded, with the U.S. Marshals Service announcing a nationwide manhunt last month. He was last seen driving with family members on the outskirts of Atlanta in the early hours of Feb. 11, according to a March 1 press release by the Marshals Service.
Authorities have released almost no new information on the case since that press release. But earlier this week, Interpol published a “Red Notice” for Pan – launching an international search for a suspect who has eluded authorities for eight weeks.
Interpol Red Notices are “request[s] to law enforcement worldwide to locate and provisionally arrest a person pending extradition, surrender, or similar legal action,” according to Interpol’s website. Interpol currently has roughly 62,000 active Red Notices, but only 7,000 of these are viewable by the public.
Authorities have not announced which country or countries Pan may have fled to. His place of birth is listed as Shanghai, China, according to his Red Notice.
A $10,000 reward is being offered for information leading to Pan’s arrest, according to the Marshals Service. Pan is described as 5 feet, 10 inches tall and weighing 170 pounds, according to the Red Notice. He also has a mole or birthmark on the left side of his chin.
Pan is considered armed and dangerous and should not be approached if found, according to the Marshals Service press release.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact U.S. Marshals at 1-877-926-8332.
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