An American student who was arrested by China’s Ministry of Public Security for allegedly killing a Chinese man at a bar in New York is accused of using his American citizenship to cover up the crime, according to a new report.
The New York Times says a US federal grand jury in Manhattan on Wednesday indicted 21-year-old Taizong Xu, the son of a prominent Chinese businessman, for the May 10 death of the man at the popular New York City watering hole, which has a popular Chinese clientele.
The report said Xu had been living in the US since last year, and that his mother was among those who knew about his arrest.
A source close to Xu told the Times the suspect used his American passport to get the $500,000 bail he was seeking after pleading guilty to one count of attempting to murder, and one count each of violating the terms of his probation and providing false information to investigators.
The suspect was in custody Wednesday morning after being taken to Manhattan’s Metropolitan Detention Center and will be arraigned on the charges Thursday, the paper reported.
Xu was arrested a day after his father, Wu Xu, told the Associated Press he was “100 percent sure” his son had killed the Chinese man.
According to the Times, the suspect has been ordered to undergo psychiatric evaluation and is being held without bail.
He was arrested in February.
In April, the US Embassy in Beijing sent a letter to American citizens, urging them to avoid Xu, saying his arrest was “not appropriate”.
The embassy cited the lack of an official Chinese version of the case and said the American citizen was being held on US immigration detainers.