NEW HAVEN, CT – On Friday, an arrest warrant was issued for Qinxuan Pan, 29, who is wanted for the murder of 26-year-old Yale University grad student Kevin Jiang.
On the night of February 6, Jiang was found shot to death next to his car near the intersection of Lawrence and Nicoll Streets. He sustained multiple gunshot wounds.
New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes told reporters:
We have developed information suggesting that this incident may not have been an actual random act that he in fact was targeted.
The victim was a US Army veteran and was attending Yale's School of the Environment at the time of his murder.
Pan is a graduate student at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and reportedly stole a blue GMC Terrain from a Massachusetts car dealership the same day the murder took place. He apparently, switched license plates to aid in his escape, according to police.
The vehicle was discovered abandoned in New Haven, later that same night.
In addition to local and state police, the US Marshals Service is now searching for Pan, who has been spotted as far away from the scene of the crime as Atlanta.
The US Marshals Service stated:
Pan is a 6-foot Asian male weighing 170 pounds with a medium complexion and short black hair. He could possibly be staying with friends or family in the Duluth or Brookhaven areas of Georgia. Pan was last seen in the early morning hours on Feb. 11 driving with family members in Brookhaven or Duluth, Georgia. According to family, Pan was carrying a black backpack and acting strange.
The U.S. Marshals are offering a cash award of up to $10,000 for information leading to the direct arrest of Pan. Any information will be considered confidential. Persons having information should contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332), or submit a tip using USMS Tips. Pan should be considered armed and dangerous. Individuals should not attempt to apprehend him themselves.
Pan has been charged with murder, interstate theft of a vehicle and unlawful flight to avoid prosecution. Once captured, he will be held on $5 million bail.