The U.S. Marshals Service has issued an international warrant for a suspect in the murder of a young Yale graduate student who was gunned down shortly after he became engaged.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, MIT researcher Qinxuan Pan is a suspect in the shooting death of Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang, who was found fatally shot on a New Haven street on February 6. Days earlier, 26-year-old Jiang had gotten engaged to his girlfriend–also a Yale graduate student–and multiple reports indicate she was previously acquainted with Pan, 29.
Pan has been at large since police initially named him a person of interest in the homicide investigation. On February 27, New Haven police obtained a warrant for Pan’s arrest on suspicion of murder. Also in February, authorities said they believed Pan, who lives in Massachusetts, had traveled to Georgia; but a new report indicates investigators now believe he may have left the country.
According to Fox News, U.S. Marshals have obtained a “red notice” from Interpol, which would reportedly be posted in any country with which the U.S. has an extradition treaty.
Matthew Duffy, public information officer for the District of Connecticut Violent Fugitive Task Force, told Fox News that the notice acts as a “provisional warrant” for fugitives wanted internationally.
Duffy would not confirm whether authorities definitively believe Pan has left the U.S., or comment on where the suspect might be.
“The U.S. Marshals and the New Haven Police Department are still working very diligently on this case to apprehend Qinxuan,” Duffy told Fox News. “I can tell you we are working very diligently, around the clock on this.”
Pan is described as an Asian male, 6 feet tall and weighing 170 pounds.
He is additionally wanted for second-degree grand larceny, as he is believed to have stolen a car from a Massachusetts auto dealership on the day of Jiang’s arrest. He never returned the car. New Haven police encountered Pan and the stolen vehicle not long after Jiang’s murder, but were unaware of his connection to the homicide at the time of the interaction.
U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the suspect’s apprehension and arrest. Anyone with information is urged to contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332).
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[Featured image: Left: Kevin Jiang and fiancee Zion Perry/Facebook Right: Qinxuan Pan/New Haven Police Department]