Qinxuan Pan, an MIT graduate student, was arrested Friday in connection with the fatal shooting of a Yale student in February. Pan eluded police for months, with many police departments working in conjunction to find and arrest the fugitive.
It took the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, U.S. Marshals Middle District of Alabama, and the Montgomery Police Departments working together to finally bring Pan to justice. Police captured him, but no other details of the arrest have been released. Marshals offered a $10,000 reward for information that could lead to an arrest.
“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,” Jesse Seroyer Jr., the U.S. Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama said in a statement. “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.”
Qinxuan Pan had a warrant out for his arrest since February, when New Haven, Conn. police charged him with murdering Kevin Jiang. They identified Pan for the February 6 killing, citing witness statements and Pan’s possession of a stolen vehicle in the area. Kevin Jiang was 26 when he was fatally shot one mile from Yale’s main campus. The second-year master’s student was studying at the Yale School of the Environment.
Police were called onto the scene around 8:30 p.m. when reports claimed there were multiple gunshots and a person was shot. Witnesses said that “a shiny new black vehicle” fled the scene.
After the shooting, Qinxuan Pan, 29, came into contact with New Haven Police, and Police Chief Otoniel Reyes explained that the suspect was “armed and dangerous” and warned others to use “extreme caution … if you come in contact with [Qinxuan Pan].” No motive has been identified, however, police are investigating whether Pan and Jiang knew each other, or whether the two men got into a car accident with each other before Pan killed Jiang.
Authorities believe that Pan fled to Georgia after shooting Jiang. The suspect was seen driving with family members in Bookhaven, Ga.
Pan is being charged with one count of stealing a vehicle in Massachusetts and one count of possession of a stolen vehicle in North Haven. He is also being charged with murder. His bond is currently $5 million. His court date has not been set.