Taiwan man sought in slayings

Kyodo

A Taiwanese man is being sought in connection with the fatal stabbings of two female Taiwanese students in Taito Ward, Tokyo police said Sunday.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Chang Chih-yang, 30, who has been missing since Thursday after telling his roommate at around 10 a.m. that he was going to Osaka. Chang was a student at the same Japanese language school the slain women attended.

Police suspect Chang of killing Lin Chih-ying, 22, and Chu Li-chieh, 24, at around 9 a.m. Thursday at an apartment rented by the school as a dorm, police said. The two women each had about 10 stab wounds, mostly around their necks, and the cause of death was apparently blood loss, police said.

Chang is believed to have been fond of Lin as he recently complained that she had been giving him the cold shoulder since mid-December. He was spotted by security cameras near the crime scene at around the same time as the murders, police said.

On the day they were killed, Lin promised to go on a trip with male friends from the school. They were to meet at a subway station at 9:30 a.m., but when Lin failed to show, her friends contacted a school official who used a duplicate key to enter the apartment where the women were found.

Lin was found lying in the hallway in a jacket and boots, while Chu was found bleeding in the room’s bottom bunk bed.