A three-month manhunt for the fugitive suspected of killing a Yale graduate student recently ended thousands of miles from the Ivy League campus.
In a joint effort between U.S. Marshals and state authorities, Qinxuan Pan was arrested without incident in Alabama earlier this month. He was taken into custody by Montgomery County police.
The arrest came at the heels of an international warrant — a so-called “Red Notice” — issued for Pan through Interpol requesting worldwide law enforcement agencies for his location, arrest and extradition. Pan had been charged with murder and second-degree larceny regarding the fatal shooting of Kevin Jiang, 26.
U.S. Marshalls offered a $10,000 reward for information leading to Pan’s arrest. However, it was not clear if the reward had been the result that led authorities to Pan’s location.
“I am extremely proud of the cooperation and efforts of the U.S. Marshals, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and our state and local partners in apprehending Pan. Once we received information that Pan was in Montgomery, a plan was developed and executed. This is another example of hard work by federal and state partners to arrest violent fugitives,” said U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama Jesse Seroyer Jr., according to WHSV.
After a Feb. 6 car crash, Jiang was found shot several times next to his vehicle near Lawrence and Nash streets, in New Haven, Connecticut, a couple of blocks from the Yale campus.
North Haven police responded to the crash, encountered Pan, and towed his car away from the scene. Investigators later discovered Pan’s car was stolen and tried to locate him. However, the 30-year-old MIT researcher absconded and was at large.
Five days later, Pan was spotted driving with relatives in Brookhaven, Georgia.He had been seen by other relatives acting strange and carrying a black backpack.
Initially, authorities believed Jiang’s death occurred as a result of road rage. However, there is still no confirmation of the exact motive.
Jiang had been a member of the Trinity Baptist Church in New Haven, Connecticut. He was described by fellow worshipers as someone who joyfully invited others to church, served others and winsomely shared the joy of Jesus Christ.The church helped plan his wedding after he had proposed to his fiancée a week before he died.
We continue to pray that the truth would be revealed, that justice would be done, and that God would bring healing and comfort to Kevin's family and loved ones," one of the pastors stated of the church according to Fox News.
Jiang was a U.S. Army veteran and a National Guard reservist. He had been enrolled in a master’s program at Yale School of Environment.