NEW HAVEN, Conn. (WTNH) — New Haven police have secured a murder warrant for 29-year-old Qinxuan Pan, in connection to the killing of Yale grad student Kevin Jiang earlier this month, police confirm.
Pan’s bond is set at $5-million.
The U.S. Marshals had been offering a $10,000 reward for info leading to the location and arrest of Pan. Monday they announced that they are expanding their search for Pan nationwide.
New Haven police previously only named Pan the “person of interest.” Officials report that Pan is still believed to be on the loose at this time. According to Pan’s family, he was last seen in Georgia.
On Saturday, Feb. 6, Jiang was found fatally shot on Lawrence Street. He was a second-year master’s student at the Yale School of the Environment and was set to graduate in 2021. Jiang was also a U.S. Army Veteran and was currently serving in the Connecticut Air National Guard.
Linda Liu, the mother of Jiang, provided a statement to ABC News regarding the arrest warrant secured for Pan saying, “Thanks to all for the consideration of me and Kevin and my family. Thanks to all for the support and the love and the prayers. I just want to express my thanks to all of the people who are so nice to us.”
There are two other arrest warrants out for Pan’s arrest. One is in Massachusetts for possession of a stolen vehicle he reportedly stole from that state. Another warrant is out for his arrest in New Haven for extradition for possession of the stolen vehicle he possessed in North Haven, Chief Otoniel Reyes explained.
Pan is believed to have visited car dealerships in Massachusetts or Connecticut prior to the killing. Police investigators said Pan was driving a stolen vehicle the night of the homicide and it was found on train tracks in North Haven. His last known address is in Malden, Mass.
Pan is a known graduate student at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and has affiliations with that university, police said. Jiang’s fiancée, Zion Perry, is also a graduate of MIT. Police said they are exploring every angle of this investigation but have not announced whether that connection is relevant to the investigation.
Pan should be considered armed and dangerous. Any information will be considered confidential. Persons having information should contact the U.S. Marshals at 1-877-Wanted-2 (1-877-926-8332)
As of Monday, there were no developments in the investigation. Pan remains at large.