Update: “Wu Chen, 45, was arrested in Miami, Florida, just before 4 p.m. when a license plate reader flagged the vehicle he was driving, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in a statement.” – NBC reported.
Kingfisher County – Four Chinese nationals were ‘executed’ at a marijuana farm in a rural area northwest of Oklahoma City on Sunday.
A fifth Chinese nationalist was injured.
According to reports, the suspect, who was taken into custody Tuesday evening, entered a building on the property at 5:45 Sunday evening and executed four people.
It was described as a hostage situation and the suspect was in the building for a “significant amount of time before the executions began,” NBC reported.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said the deaths “do not appear to be a random incident.”
The suspect in the weekend killings of four people at a marijuana farm in Oklahoma was arrested in the afternoon by officers in South Florida, police announced late Tuesday.
Wu Chen was taken into custody without incident just before 4 p.m. Central time by Miami Beach police and taken to the Miami-Dade County Detention Center, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation said in an evening post on Facebook.
The arrest came “after a car tag reader flagged vehicle he was driving,” it added. The suspect will be charged with murder and shooting with intent to kill and faces extradition to Oklahoma.
OSBI also posted a photo provided by U.S. Marshals of the man sitting shoeless on a curb, apparently with his hands cuffed behind his back.
Authorities said the victims – three men and one woman, all Chinese citizens – were shot dead and “executed” on the 10-acre (4-hectare) property west of Hennessey, about 55 miles (90 kilometers) northwest of Oklahoma City. A fifth victim who is also a Chinese citizen was wounded and taken to an Oklahoma City hospital.
The victims had not yet been identified and next-of-kin notification was still pending “because of a significant language barrier,” police said.
Authorities had said previous they had a suspect in mind but were withholding the name for the time being to avoid endangering others.
“The suspect was inside that building for a significant amount of time before the executions began,” OSBI said in a news release Tuesday. “Based on the investigation thus far, this does not appear to be a random incident.”
OSBI Capt. Stan Florence said the previous day that authorities believed the suspect knew the victims, who were found dead Sunday night.
“They all know each other,” Florence said. “Don’t know if they’re related, or if they’re coworkers, but certainly these individuals were, we believe, all familiar with each other.”
The case is being investigated as a quadruple homicide. The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control is also investigating.
By: Miss Cherry May Timbol – Independent Reporter