22-year-old college student Yukai Yang was accused of poisoning his roommate in Pennsylvania is now being charged with trying to flee the states, according to police. The former Lehigh University student was being contained by immigration officials on Friday after being charged for poisoning his roommate. According to police, Yang posted bail earlier in the week and planned on leaving back to China to evade prosecution. but the U.S. Immigration and Customs agents brought him back to the officials.
Last week, lang was arrested for lacing his roommate’s food with thallium, a deadly chemical used in rat poisoning, officials said. Authorities say that Yang, who was majoring in chemistry during the time, had plans to slowly kill his roommate, but when the roommate, whose name is Royal, started to shake, vomit and started to feel dizzy he went into the doctor where he tested positive for thallium. Thallium was banned in the United Stated in the 1970s.
“This was over a period of time with small amounts of poisoning occurring. It was added to food and drinks in the refrigerator,” Northampton COunty District Attorney John Morganelli said during press conference. Morganelli went on t say, “We have weird and bizarre behavior on the part of this young man Mr. Yang.
Royal, who is not graduated, “is still experiencing physical symptoms from this poisoning that occured,” he added.
Yang, who was already facing ethnic intimidation charges for writing racist graffiti in their dorm room, turned himself in to police last Thursday and was charged with attempted homicide, aggravated assault, simple assault and reckless endangerment, according to Morganelli.