Four people have been arrested in connection with the death of a young woman over an alleged debt dispute, New Taipei City police said yesterday.
New Taipei City police officer Liu Ju-lun (劉如倫) told a press conference that Chuang Chia-jen (莊嘉仁), 30, a former security guard for a Carrefour shop in New Taipei City, who was a colleague of the woman, surnamed Chu (朱), 18, who was killed, is in custody.
Chuang was quoted by Liu as saying that he killed Chu because she was asking him to return NT$8,000 she had loaned him and was continually insulting him.
On Wednesday evening, Chuang all;egedly called Chu saying he wanted to meet her outside her home to return the money, but when the two met, Chuang asked Chu to leave on his scooter, the police said, adding that three of Chuang’s friends reportedly followed with their own scooters.
Liu said that Chuang took Chu to a mountainous area in Tucheng District (土城), where he allegedly strangled Chu with a nylon rope and when he lost power, another of the men in custody, surnamed Lee (李), 19, took over and allegedly strangled Chu until she died.
Two others in custody, a man surnamed Shao (紹), 25, and his girlfriend, surnamed Chang (張), 24, watched the whole process, Liu said.
Liu said the four took NT$700 from Chu’s bag and shared the money, adding that Chuang also entered Chu’s home that night using her key, stole an ATM card and withdrew NT$9,000 from an ATM.
Liu said that Chuang called the New Taipei City police department at 7:35pm on Saturday saying he could not sleep and wanted to confess to the murder.
Police arrested Chuang soon afterward at his residence, the officer said, adding that at 10pm on Saturday, they found Chu’s body and a nylon rope in a mountainous area.
The three other suspects were also arrested, police said.
According to Liu, Chuang, who worked at the Carrefour shop for one year and left the job in February, had wanted to date Chu, adding that he often gave Chu rides, but they were not in a relationship.
The four will be charged with homicide, police said.