Saturday, December 20, 2014

Suspect arrested in Toronto for '98 decapitation of Chinatown man

Drunk driving never leads to anything good, but for Kai-Guoa Huang, driving drunk in Toronto last week led to his arrest for a 14-year-old Philadelphia murder, according to police.

Suspect arrested in Toronto for '98 decapitation of Chinatown man

Drunk driving never leads to anything good, but for Kai-Guo Huang, driving drunk in Toronto last week led to his arrest for a 14-year-old Philadelphia murder, according to police.

The alleged murder is as gruesome now as it was in 1998 when the body of Hoi Yang, 27, of Chinatown, was found decapitated and dismembered in two separate trash bins in Pemberton Township, N.J.

According to a news release from the Toronto Police Service, Huang, 35, was arrested around 1 a.m. last Tuesday for driving under the influence of intoxicants, known in Ontario as "Over 80 mg Operation" a reference to a driver having more than 80 milligrams of alcohol in 100 milliliters of his or her blood.

During his arrest, Huang falsely identified himself as Yu Chen of Toronto and was released pending a court date, police said.

But while men lie, fingerprints don't, and the prints taken from Huang during his arrest revealed his true identity and his wanted status as a fugitive from Philadelphia, according to police.

On Friday, members of the Toronto Police Service, the Philadelphia Police Department, the U.S. Marshals Service, the FBI and the Canada Border Services Agency arrested Huang on a murder warrant. He is now awaiting extradition.

Stories in the Daily News from the time of Yang's slaying said that he'd cleaned and delivered fish for a Chinatown market, but had quit just weeks before his death.

There were speculations at the time that Yang may have been a member of an Asian gang and that he'd moved to Philadelphia because he'd become embroiled in a turf fight in Brooklyn.

However, those who knew him in Chinatown said that while Huang "used to smell like liquor and owed some people money," he was not a gangster.

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