Man subdued by security guards after brandishing knife on MRT

A man was subdued by MRT security guards after brandishing a knife on board a train on the Songshan-Xindian Line of the Taipei Metro system Friday evening.

The man has been handed over to the police who are questioning him. No passenger was injured, though a Taipei metro employee was nicked by the knife when attempting to subdue the man.

Shortly after the man boarded the train heading in the direction of Songshan Station, he began to mutter to himself and later took out a knife and started waving it around, causing passengers to panic.

Security guards on board the train subdued the man after a brief scuffle and he was detained at Nanjing Fuxing Station before being handed over to the police.

According to the Zhongshan Precinct of the Taipei City Police Department, the man was clearly emotionally unstable, but whether he suffers from mental illness was not immediately apparent.

An inquiry is underway to determine a motive for the man’s actions, they said.

In May 2014, Cheng Chieh (鄭捷) killed four people and injured 22 others in a random knife attack on a Taipei Metro train. Cheng was executed in May after the Supreme Court upheld the death penalty.

Source: Focus Taiwan News Channel

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