Police found Jiang, 26, shot dead with multiple gunshot wounds in the East Rock neighborhood of New Haven, Connecticut, near Yale’s campus Feb. 6. New Haven Police Chief Otoniel Reyes said police were dispatched after several 911 calls around 8:30 p.m. reporting gunfire and a person shot in a press conference on Feb. 8. Yale University President Peter Salovey identified Jiang as the victim in a message to the Yale community Feb. 7.
Salovey wrote that Jiang was a graduate student at the Yale School of the Environment. Jiang was an Army veteran and member of the Army National Guard. He had been engaged to a recent MIT graduate.
Reyes said Jiang was operating a vehicle at the time he was shot and that there is “developed information” suggesting that he was targeted.
Police named Pan, 29, a person of interest in the murder Feb. 10, though he was not a suspect at the time. Pan was accused of stealing a car from a car dealership in Mansfield, Massachusetts around 5:30 p.m., a few hours before the Feb. 6 shooting.
Pan remains at large, with the United States Marshals Service expanding the manhunt nationwide March 1 and offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information that could lead to his arrest. Supervisory Deputy of the Agency Matthew Duffy said Pan is believed to be staying in the Atlanta area in Georgia and should be considered “armed and dangerous.”
There were two previous warrants for Pan, one for stealing a vehicle out of Massachusetts and one for the possession of a stolen vehicle in Connecticut, according to Reyes.
In a Feb. 10 email to the MIT community, President L. Rafael Reif announced that “MIT Police are in close contact with the New Haven Police Department and U.S. Marshals service and, based on information from these officials, have no reason to believe that our campus or Greater Boston communities are at risk.”
Pan completed his bachelor’s degrees in Computer Science and Engineering and Mathematics in 2014 and received a Master of Engineering in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science in 2015.
New Haven, CT – The U.S. Marshals are expanding the manhunt nationwide for fugitive Qinxuan Pan, who is now charged with murder.
“On Friday, Feb. 26, the New Haven Police Department obtained an arrest warrant charging MIT graduate student Qinxuan Pan with the murder of Yale University student Kevin Jiang,” said U.S. Marshal Lawrence J. Bobnick of the District of Connecticut.
“Having accepted the delegation of apprehension responsibility for the fugitive, the U.S. Marshals Service for the District of Connecticut would like to commend the professionalism of the New Haven Police Department and its diligent investigation leading to felony murder charges. We are committed to working tirelessly, leveraging our nationwide resources and global reach to bring this individual to justice,” said Bobnick.
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.
Pan is a 6-foot Asian male weighing 170 pounds with a medium complexion and short black hair.
The U.S. Marshals are offering a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the direct location and arrest of Pan. Persons having information about his whereabouts should contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332). Tips can also be submitted via the USMS Tips app or online at www.usmarshals.gov/tips. Any information shared will be considered confidential. Pan should be considered armed and dangerous. Individuals should not attempt to apprehend him themselves.
The Violent Fugitive Task Force is a team of law enforcement officers led by U.S. 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 CT Parole.
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