By: Matthew Strong, Taiwan News, Staff Writer
TAIPEI (Taiwan News) – The man who stabbed four passengers at Zhongshan Mass Rapid
Transit station on July 20 was charged with attempted homicide and theft Tuesday.
Kuo Yen-chun, 27, attacked people at random with a knife he had stolen from a shop earlier. Rapid action by security staff and a passenger led to his capture on the spot.
If nobody had stopped him, he would have continued killing people until there was nobody left, prosecutors quoted him as saying, asking the court give him a heavy sentence. Even though nobody had died, Kuo had shown no remorse, while the incident caused public unease, prosecutors argued.
The Shilin District Prosecutors Office concluded that using a 20-centimeter-long fruit knife which he had stolen from a supermarket showed clearly that the suspect was intending to kill people, so he should be charged with attempted homicide in four cases.
Kuo reportedly told interrogators that he felt in a bad mood and therefore wanted to go to a crowded place like an MRT station to kill people. The attack took place around 9 p.m. at Zhongshan, a busy station due to the nearby shopping district. [FULL STORY]