Authorities in China have taken custody of a murder suspect they discovered hiding in a nursing home in a suburb of Taipei that’s home to 40,000 U.S. military personnel, including some from the F-35 stealth fighter program.
Yuan Jun-ping, 36, was at the center of a drama that captured headlines and cries of racism, reports The Guardian.
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Taiwan’s Defense Minister Yen Chih-ting told Reuters that Chinese authorities assured him that nobody at the nursing home would be harmed or deported.
The minister said he was surprised by the development.
“I never thought there would be a point where the Chinese would ask us to hand over the suspect, and I was surprised,” Yen told Reuters.
The suspect’s name was listed on a security report on suspicion of major drug trafficking. He was about to be deported to Taiwan when security services visited a home in Binh Chuen where Yuan was living.
Taiwan’s defense ministry did not immediately reply to a request for comment from Fox News.