What began as a routine traffic stop in Toronto ended up in the capture of a man wanted for the gruesome murder and dismemberment of a man in Philadelphia's Chinatown.
Yesterday, the Toronto Police Service announced [PDF] they had taken Kai-Guo Huang, 35, into custody. Around 1 a.m. on Aug. 7, Huang was pulled over by officers in a routine stop in Scarborough. The man identified himself as Yu Chen, 30.
Huang/Chen was charged "over 80"; operating a motor vehicle while having more than the legal limit of alcohol in his blood. He was processed and released on a Promise to Appear, requiring him to attend court at a later date.
Part of the processing required police to take his fingerprints. Constable Wendy Drummond was quoted in the Toronto Star saying Chen's fingerprints matched those of Huang. Huang was wanted in Philadelphia on charges of murder, conspiracy, possession of an instrument of crime, and abuse of a corpse.
On Aug. 10, members of Toronto's Fugitive Squad took Huang into custody. Toronto police were assisted by members of the Philadelphia Police Department, the FBI, the U.S. Marshals Service, and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA).
Huang is wanted for the murder of Hoi Yan, 27. WPIV reports Yan's dismembered body was found in various trash receptacles in neighbouring New Jersey in July 1998. Police went to the Philadelphia Chinatown restaurant where Yan had previously worked and found knives and a meat cleaver covered with blood. The two owners of the restaurant had disappeared and it is believed one of the owners was the man arrested in Toronto.
Reports indicate the victim may have been a member of an Asian gang who was extorting the owners of the restaurant.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports Yang worked cleaning and delivering fish for a Chinatown market until a few weeks before his death. It is speculated that the victim of the gruesome murder had been a member of an Asian gang in New York City. He moved to Philadelphia after a turf war began in Brooklyn.
Huang is currently being held in custody in Toronto pending extradition.