Qinxuan Pan, 30, was arrested Friday in Montgomery by US Marshals’ Gulf Coast fugitive task force and local police on Friday morning in Alabama by US Marshals after four-month international manhunt
The MIT graduate student is wanted for the shooting death of newly engaged Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang on Feb. 6, in New Haven, CT
Qinxuan had international warrant out for his arrest on murder and larceny charge for Feb 6 killing of 26-year-old Army reservist, Kevin Jiang
Shanghai born Qinxuan is a US citizen who worked as a researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence at MIT while working on his graduate studies at his Alma Mata
Jiang’s fiancée, Zion Perry, was an undergraduate student at MIT at the same period and there is a photo indicating that they two had crossed paths at least once before at a reception
He allegedly stole an SUV from a Massachusetts dealership that morning and drove to New Haven, Connecticut, where he then shot Jiang multiple times on a street
Jiang was killed just days after proposing marriage to his girlfriend, Zion Perry
Initially named a ‘person of interest’, police later secured an arrest warrant charging Qinxuan with murder – The warrant comes with a $5 million bond
Prior to his arrest, Qinxuan was seen driving in Atlanta suburbs with relatives
Interpol last month issued a ‘red notice’ about Qinxuan asking member countries to arrest him
A fugitive MIT grad student wanted for the murder of a Yale graduate student in Connecticut in February was arrested by US Marshals in Alabama on Friday, bringing to a close an intense four-month manhunt.
An international arrest warrant had been issued for Qinxuan Pan, 30, on murder and larceny charges in connection with the killing of Kevin Jiang on a New Haven street, on February 6.
Marshals, who previously offered a $10,000 for Qinxuan’s capture, said a Gulf Coast fugitive task force and Montgomery police arrested the suspect on Friday morning.
Qinxuan was initially named a ‘person of interest’ but then police secured an arrest warrant charging him with murder. The warrant comes with a $5 million bond.
Qinxuan is accused of fatally shooting Jiang multiple times. Police have not disclosed a motive in the shooting, which they initially believed stemmed from a road-rage incident.
Jiang was a graduate student at Yale’s School of the Environment and an Army veteran from Washington state who had recently become engaged to be married to his MIT graduate girlfriend Zion Perry. The pair, both active Christians, had been dating for a year.
It was previously reported that Qinxuan had crossed paths with Jiang’s fiancée while the two attended MIT.
The Chinese-born murder suspect, was working as a computer science researcher at MIT. He was reportedly, seen in the days after Jiang’s killing driving in the Atlanta suburbs with relatives and ‘acting strange’.
The question remains as to the exact relationship between the victim and his killer as photos showed Qinxuan and Perry interacting at the Lindy Hop Society Bread & Bones Birthday Jam celebration on March 4, 2020. One of the photos from the event shows the two smiling broadly while chatting with another man, but no evidence has been presented so far to suggest that they had dated.
Born in Shanghai, China, Qinxuan is a graduate of MIT and a US citizen who was His last known address was in Malden, Massachusetts.
According to his Facebook page, which has been dormant since 2016, Qinxuan worked as a researcher in computer science and artificial intelligence at MIT, where Jiang’s fiancée, Zion Perry, was an undergraduate student.
Qinxuan graduated from MIT with undergraduate degrees in computer science and mathematics in June 2014 and entered the Ivy league school’s graduate program two months later.
Jiang’s fiancée, Zion Perry, earned a Bachelor’s degree in bio-engineering from MIT in 2016.
Marshals allege Qinxuan stole an SUV from a dealership in Mansfield, Massachusetts, the day of the killing before driving to Connecticut.
Jiang was found lying outside his Prius and suffering from gunshot wounds around 8.30am on February 6 near the intersection of Lawrence and Nicoll streets in the East Rock neighborhood, police said.
Just a week before his slaying, Jiang got engaged and posted a video on his Facebook page that captured the moment he went down on one knee and popped the question to Perry while the pair were on a hike.
She said “YES!”; Jiang wrote ecstatically in a status update on January 30. ‘Zion sweetheart – you’ve really made a huge impact in my life! Ever since I met you, God has been working in my heart and changing my heart for the better, helping me become more generous and kinder to others . You are the most kind, beautiful, forgiving, patient, faithful woman I’ve ever met. I love you more than words can say.’
According to his LinkedIn profile, Jiang served as a tank operator in the US Army and was in the Army National Guard.
The 26-year-old veteran earned a degree in environmental studies from the University of Washington before starting his graduate studies at Yale in 2019. He was a member of the Class of 2022.
In the days after the killing, authorities said Qinxuan Pan was seen in the Atlanta suburbs driving with relatives and acting strange.
Interpol last month issued a ‘red notice’ about Qinxuan asking member countries to arrest him on murder and larceny charges.