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Suspect Who Stabbed College Consultant To Death In Campus Parking Lot Had Explosive, Zip Ties And Wig, Police Say

Authorities believe the victim, 57-year-old Steven Shek Keung Chan, was specifically targeted by the unidentified suspect.

By Gina Tron

Police in California are desperately seeking a suspect accused of stabbing a California State University Fullerton consultant in a campus parking lot Monday.

The victim was Steven Shek Keung Chan, 57, from Hacienda Heights, and investigators believe he was targeted, according to the Fullerton Police Department. He was stabbed multiple times and although the officers who first arrived on the scene began life-saving measures, Chan was soon pronounced dead at the scene.

While Chan had retired from his previous role at California State University Fullerton as an administrator, he was still working at the school in the international student affairs office as a consultant, Fox 5 in San Diego reports. 

His suspected killer has been described as an Asian male in his mid-20s with black hair. He was spotted wearing a black windbreaker and black pants, and was last seen running from the scene. Police believe he was injured during the attack and may have lacerations on his hands.

Officials believe he brought an explosive device and tools for an abduction to the scene.

Suspect in Steven Shek Keung Chan murder

“During the course of the investigation, a backpack, believed to have been left by the suspect, was located underneath the victim’s vehicle,” police state. “Inside the backpack, FPD Investigators located an incendiary device, along with numerous items that were consistent with a kidnapping attempt or plot, including zip ties, wigs and other disguise materials, as well as a knife (that was not used in the homicide).”

The suspect is believed to be driving a black 4-door sedan with black wheels and dark, tinted windows, likely a newer model BMW X6.

Investigators are asking for the public’s help in identifying the suspect and they have released both a sketch of him as well as video surveillance images of him fleeing the scene.

The school’s president Fram Virjee called the murder a "tragic and senseless attack," according to Fox 5. He called Chan “beloved” and full of “passion” for the school.

Chan was a director of budget and finance for almost 10 years before retiring in 2017. He picked up some work again at the school as a consultant just this year.

Anyone with information about the murder or the suspect is asked to contact Fullerton Police Det. Victoria Chandler at (714) 738-6754 or via email at vchandler@fullertonpd.org. For those who want to remain anonymous can call the Orange County Crime Stoppers at 1 (855) TIP-OCCS or you can visit OCCrimeStoppers.

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