US Marshals Arrest MIT Researcher Wanted for Murder of Yale University Student

The US Marshals Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, in conjunction with the US Marshals Middle District of Alabama and the Montgomery Police Department, on Friday arrested fugitive Qinxuan Pan, who was wanted in Connecticut and charged with the February murder of Yale graduate student Kevin Jiang.

Pan was arrested in Montgomery, taken into custody without incident and transported to the Montgomery County Detention Center.

“I am extremely proud of the cooperation and efforts of the US Marshals, the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force, and our state and local partners in apprehending Pan,” said US Marshal for the Middle District of Alabama Jesse Seroyer Jr. “Once we received information that Pan was in Montgomery, a plan was developed and executed. This is another example of hard work by federal and state partners to arrest violent fugitives.”

Pan had last been seen in the early morning hours on Feb. 11 driving with family members in Brookhaven or Duluth, Georgia.

The New Haven Police Dept obtained an arrest warrant Feb. 26 charging Pan, an MIT graduate student, with the murder of Jiang, a Yale University student.

The US Marshals in Connecticut started working this case immediately in February as a person of interest until the murder warrant was issued Feb. 26 by the New Haven State’s Attorney’s Office.

“The successful apprehension of Qinxuan Pan this morning in Montgomery, Alabama, marks the culmination of countless hours of investigation and is a testament to the dedication of all the investigators involved,” said acting US Marshal for the District of Connecticut Lawrence Bobnick on Friday. “The unwavering commitment of the men and women supporting this operation was truly remarkable. Further, this arrest exemplifies the routine selfless cooperation between the US Marshals Service, with its network of nationwide fugitive task forces, and state, local, and federal law enforcement entities across multiple jurisdictions and states.”

The US.Marshals wish to recognize the contributions of all who assisted in this investigation, including the New Haven Police Department; the Massachusetts State Police; the State’s Attorney’s Office in New Haven; the U.S. Attorney for the District of Connecticut; the US Attorney for the District of Massachusetts; USMS investigators in Connecticut, Massachusetts, North Carolina, South Carolina, West Virginia and Alabama; the USMS New York/New Jersey Regional Fugitive Task Force; the Southeast Regional Fugitive Task Force; the Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force; the Montgomery, Alabama, Police Department; and numerous other USMS task forces around the country that have run down leads during this case.

The Violent Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by US Marshals from the District of Connecticut. The task force’s objective is to seek out and arrest violent fugitives and sexual predators. Membership agencies include Hartford, New Haven, West Haven, Bridgeport, Norwalk, and Waterbury Police Departments as well as ICE.

The Gulf Coast Regional Fugitive Task Force became fully operational in July 2006 and operates out of USMS offices throughout Alabama and Mississippi, with its headquarters office located in Birmingham, Alabama. The GCRFTF partners with numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies throughout Alabama and Mississippi and continues to recruit other agencies to participate in the task force.

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