An Indonesian male suspected of stabbing a compatriot to death was arrested on Friday afternoon by police in Chiayi county, southwestern Taiwan.
The suspect, identified only by the name Vicky, allegedly stabbed an Indonesian named Ramadan during a dispute in the early hours of December 26 in Taichung. He was found hiding in the town of Budai, the Focus Taiwan news website reported.
According to police, surveillance camera footage showed that at around 3am at a roadside workers’ shed in the Lishan area of Heping District of Taichung, the suspect and the victim were seen drinking with several other Indonesians.
When a fight suddenly broke out, the suspect surprised the victim by stabbing him from behind with a knife, causing massive bleeding.
It was learned that Ramadan had accused the suspect Vicky of being a motorcycle thief, which resulted in Vicky becoming alienated from others. This was said to explain why Vicky had a growing hatred for Ramadan.
On January 4, police officers managed to locate the suspect at a fishing port in Budai, where he had gone to flee the country illegally.
The arrested man has been referred to the Taichung District Prosecutors’ Office on a charge of homicide.