Taiwan is still struggling to come to terms with Monday’s vicious decapitation of a 4-year-old girl in broad daylight and tensions are running high with an angry mob attacking and roughing up the suspect as he was being moved outside of the police station.
The crime occurred at around 11:00 a.m. on Monday in Taipei. A stranger approached a 4-year-old girl who had gotten her mini scooter stuck in a pothole in the street. He then suddenly attacked her with a cleaver, before the girl’s mother and grandfather could stop the man, he had severed her head.
The case has received widespread media attention and ignited a serious debate about Taiwan’s use of the death penalty. Additionally, on Tuesday, Taiwan was hit with two additional random attacks that have residents worried that more copycat attackers will follow.
Wang Ching-yu, the 33-year-old suspect has a history of mental illness, drug crimes and violence. According to Apple Daily, Wang attacked the little girl because he believed that she was from Sichuan, where his father is from, and that by killing her, he would therefore help to carry his ancestral line forward.
Taiwanese television footage from Monday shows an angry crowd gathered outside the Taipei police station where Wang is being held. As he was being moved to the prosecutor’s office for questioning, the crowd attacked, overwhelming his police escort and bludgeoning him from all sides, as he pleaded with them to “stop beating” him.
Pictures of Wang from after the incident show several bruises and scrapes he picked up from the incident.
Watch the footage below:
[Video via Miaopai]