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Police arrest suspect in highway murders

BY RICH CHANG  /  STAFF REPORTER

Taichung police said they have arrested a suspect in last month's killing of two men, who were shot in the head and left on the side of a highway in Taichung County with their pants unzipped.

Police said that early yesterday morning they arrested a man in Nantou County.

"The suspect Wang Chih-chung (王志煌), 53, admitted he committed the murder. Police also found some dirty money he took from the two dead men," the Taichung County Police Department said in a statement yesterday.

Police said that Wang and the two murdered men, surnamed Chiu and Lin, were drug dealers and gangsters who had known one another through the drug trade.

Wang initially denied that he had committed the crime, police said. But after several hours of questioning, Wang admitted that he had killed his friends because he wanted money.

The police identified Wang after examining Chiu and Lin's phone records, which showed they had contacted Wang. They also found that Wang had gotten to know Lin while serving time several years ago, and had became close friends. Police were also suspicious of Wang, because he hadn't attended his friend's funeral.

The Taichung District Court yesterday ordered that Wang be detained.

Police yesterday found some of the money that had been in the victims' car -- NT$2.26 million -- in a safety deposit box rented by Wang. Wang told police he had spent the rest of the money.

Police also found a gun and bullets suspected of being used in the murder beside a river in Taichung County.

Police said that Wang last month had tricked Chiu and Lin, telling them he would like to take them to Taichung City to buy drugs.

According to police, on Aug. 21, Wang left for Taichung in his car, with Chiu and Lin following behind in a separate vehicle. Along the way, Wang phoned the other two and told them he needed to stop to go to the bathroom. Wang pulled over on the side of the highway, got out, and Chiu and Lin did the same. Wang shot Chiu once in the head, and then shot Lin twice in the head as he tried to escape. Wang fired another two bullets into Chiu's head. He then unzipped the two dead men's pants, apparently to fool police into thinking that they had been shot from behind. Wang then took NT$3 million (US$95,200) from their car, police said.

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