Greater Taichung prosecutors said yesterday that they have arrested a Coast Guard Administration (CGA) official on suspicion that he was the “Tunghai Wolf” (東海之狼), who committed several sexual assault acts near Tunghai University in Taichung between 1997 and 1998.
CGA official Liao Tai-yu (廖泰余), 37, was arrested on Friday night at the Central Coastal Patrol Office in Greater Taichung.
Prosecutors said Liao in May was accused by a female friend of raping her. Liao denied the accusation and said that because he had a debt dispute with the woman she made a false charge against him.
Prosecutors said that investigators, after collecting Liao’s spit for DNA sampling, found that his DNA matched that of samples collected in four sexual assault cases committed near Tunghai University in 1997 and 1998.
Prosecutors said Liao had admitted to the four assault cases.
According to the prosecutors, in 1997 a man carrying a knife intruded into the apartment of a female Tunghai student, nicknamed Hsiao-hui (小惠), who lived near the university. The offender tried to rape her but failed. A few days later, another female Tunghai student surnamed Chan (詹) was raped by a man who broke into her apartment near the university.
A suspect named Chi Fu-jen (紀富仁) was later arrested. Prosecutors charged him with the rapes and committing robberies and requested the court to sentence him to death.
Investigators said that Chi was indicted at the time because he admitted he committed both crimes, adding that victims and several witnesses testified that Chi was the offender. Chi also kneeled down and apologized before the victims during the investigation.
However, a DNA sample taken from Chi was later found not to match those collected from Chan’s body. The Taichung District Court in its final verdict in 1998 acquitted Chi.
Chi was also acquitted by the Supreme Court in November 2003 in the Hsiao-hui case.