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Taipei police arrest suspect in Yong Kang robbery case

TAIPEI, Taiwan -- Taipei police yesterday arrested a 55-year-old with a history of criminal behavior, surnamed Hu, who reportedly admitting to robbing and stabbing the wife of former Taipei City Hospital Superintendent Perng Reury-perng (彭瑞鵬) on Jan. 8 on Yong Kang Street in Taipei.

According to sources at the Daan Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department, police confirmed that the man, who previously served time for robbery and murder, was seen perpetrating the crime on closed-circuit television (CCTV) surveillance footage, and subsequently sent a team to apprehend the suspect near his apartment in Wanhua District.

The police arrested Hu around 7 a.m. yesterday after he returned to his home. The police also found the knife which Hu allegedly stabbed the victim as well as the bicycle that Hu used to flee from the crime scene.

After questioning, Hu confessed that he committed the crime on impulse since he had no money with him that day. Hu also confessed that he had stabbed the victim due to the fact that he was anxious after she tried to fight back, according to the police.

The victim, surnamed Lin, is now stable in an intensive care unit and under observation, according to the Taipei City Hospital, Renai Branch.

Perng also expressed his appreciation that the police arrested the criminal within 24 hours.

Taipei Mayor Hau Lung-bin (郝龍斌) said the police managed to track down the suspect in 24 hours thanks to the CCTV surveillance system, proof that this system can be vital in preventing and investigating crimes.

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