A Massachusetts Institute of Technology graduate student wanted as a man of interest in the murder of a Yale graduate student who stole an SUV on the day of the murder, officials said in a report Sunday.
Qinxuan Pan – wanted in connection with the murder of 26-year-old Kevin Jiang earlier this month – is accused of swiping a blue GMC terrain from a Massachusetts car dealership, then for Connecticut to “hide the identity” of his license plate Switching vehicle, according to New Haven Register.
The 29-year-old, whose last known address was in Malden, Massachusetts, allegedly asked to test drive on February 6 – the same day Kevin Jiang was killed at a local dealership, but never returned according to the ride . Paper, citing a police report.
A local car salesman said Pan asked to take the SUV to a mechanic for inspection around 11 a.m., and later asked for more time, citing the family emergency, according to the police.
But when they stopped responding to the texts, the seller reported the SUV went missing at around 7:30 pm, as reported.
The police then went to Paan’s house, where a relative allegedly told officers that Paan had changed his cell phone number and would not reveal where he was. “
By 10:45 a.m., the SUV was abandoned on a railroad track in downtown Haven, North Haven, Connecticut.
A national manuscript has been released for Paan, with a $ 10,000 reward being offered by federal authorities.
Pan was last seen in Georgia and, according to the US Marshal’s Office for Connecticut, could live with friends in the Duluth or Brookhaven areas of that state,
Jiang, a graduate student enrolled at the Yales School of the Environment, was shot and killed on the street on February 6 in the East Rock section of Newton.
The newspaper reported that the alleged car theft incident was used by police at the Attleboro District Courthouse in Massachusetts to try to obtain a warrant for Pan’s arrest on Larne’s charge.
Pan has also been charged with unlawful flight to avoid prosecution and theft of a vehicle.