Jobless man arrested for waving a knife on Taipei subway train

A jobless and mentally ill man reportedly frustrated with life was arrested by police Friday evening for waving a knife on board a subway train on the Songshan-Xindian Line of the Taipei Metro system.

The man, identified by his surname Wu, 50, was subdued by MRT security guards after they spotted him muttering to himself about Christianity and brandishing a knife on board the train.

MRT security personnel later found he had four knifes and a tweezer inside his backpack.

No passenger was injured but the chief of the Nanjing Fuxing MRT Station was injured by the tweezer while scuffling with Wu. Wu was then taken away by policemen to a police precinct on Chang An East Road for further questioning.

Police said that according to an initial investigation, Wu was jobless and seemed very frustrated with his life, which appeared to be the reason behind his wielding the knife to unleash his emotions on board the MRT train.

Wu has been handed over to Taipei prosecutors and could face charges of assault and battery and endangering the safety of public traffic, police said.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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