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A murder warrant has been issued for a man who remains on the run following the shooting death of a Yale graduate student.
Qinxuan Pan, 29, was previously considered a “person of interest” in the death of 26-year-old Kevin Jiang and was wanted by New Haven, Connecticut police for questioning. But police announced Saturday that they've obtained a warrant charging him with murder, according to a media release.
Pan has been on the run since Jiang was found gunned down outside his fiancée’s apartment the night of Feb. 6, according to the New Haven Independent. Police in nearby North Haven discovered Pan stuck on railroad tracks with a flat tire shortly after the incident, but they didn’t yet know about the Jiang's shooting death. They called him a tow truck and escorted him back to his hotel – and by the time they’d realized he was a person of interest and returned, he was gone, North Haven Police Chief Kevin Glenn told the Independent.
Pan has also been charged with stealing his car from a Massachusetts dealership earlier the day of Jiang's slaying, according to a probable cause report acquired by Oxygen.com. The salesman had considered Pan trustworthy and initially he believed he would return the vehicle, which is why local police waited until 10:40 p.m. to report the car as stolen.
According to the police report, Pan allegedly removed the car dealership’s license plate and replaced it with a Connecticut plate “which was reported to be lost or missing.”
However, Chief Glenn claimed that “the vehicle was checked and found to be properly registered” when police encountered Pan during the flat tire incident, according to the Independent.
After his brush with police, Pan was last seen driving with family members in the Brookhaven or Duluth areas of Georgia on Feb. 11, according to a press release by the U.S. Marshals Service. Family described him as carrying a black backpack and “acting strange.”
Authorities are offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to Pan’s arrest, according to the release. In addition to his murder charge, he also faces charges of unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and interstate theft of a vehicle.
Pan is considered armed and dangerous and should be dealt with using “extreme caution,” according to a press release by the New Haven Police Department.
Anyone with information on this case is urged to contact New Haven homicide detectives at (203) 946-6304 or the New Haven anonymous tip line at 1-866-888-8477.
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