In the span of less than a week, there have been two attacks on the streets of Taiwan caused by unpaid debts, leaving one person dead in Kaohsiung. The most recent attack happened shortly after midnight Saturday in Taichung.
A 30-year-old man surnamed Hsieh (謝) received a call at around midnight to meet in the alley outside his residence along Section 2 Songzhu Road in Beitun District, Apple Daily reported. After a brief conversation, Hsieh headed back home but was stopped by four men who proceeded to beat him with sticks and a watermelon knife.
Hsieh suffered numerous cuts on his head and limbs. The suspects fled the scene before police arrived. Hsieh was rushed to the hospital, and his condition is reportedly not life threatening at this time.
After reviewing surveillance footage, police at the Fifth Precinct identified four suspects, all between 23 and 25 years old.
A 23-year-old man surnamed Wang (王) allegedly led the attackers to Hsieh. Hsieh allegedly owed Wang more than NT$300,000.
Police are still investigating the case, but the four men are expected to be charged with attempted murder.