Sole fingerprint leads to killer’s arrest, 19 years later

Focus Taiwan
Date: 2016/01/25
By: Yu Kai-hsiang and S.C. Chang

Taipei, Jan. 25 (CNA) Police arrested a man Sunday, nearly 19 years after he

Photo courtesy of Taipei City Police Department

Photo courtesy of Taipei City Police Department

allegedly stabbed to death a woman in Jingmei, Taipei and robbed her of NT$60,000 (US$1,800) before fleeing, police said Monday.

The arrest was based on a single fingerprint of the man, surnamed Rao, left in a pool of blood at the computer store the woman was keeping in the absence of her husband in the evening of April 8, 1997.

Police officers knocked at Rao’s door in his Xinzhuang, New Taipei residence at around 8:00 p.m. Sunday. When Rao answered the door, he was asked, “Have you been sleeping well over the past 19 years?” according to police.

A shocked Rao immediately admitted to the killing, which occurred when he was 16 years old. He was nabbed on suspicion of robbery and homicide and handed over to prosecutors.     [FULL  STORY]

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