A Chinese man already accused of drawing racist graffiti in a Lehigh University dormitory he shared with an African-American student has now been accused of poisoning him.
Yukai Yang The 22-year-old chemical master allegedly made his roommate sick with thallium and possibly other chemicals. The prosecution said he had stolen his roommate's food and drinks for several months.
Yukai, who is no longer enrolled at Lehigh University and had revoked his student visa, is being charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, and other criminal offenses in the Northampton district, attorney John Morganelli said. Yukai was already facing charges of ethnic intimidation over the graffiti incident.
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. Yukai's roommate Juwan Royal was experiencing progressively worse symptoms, including dizziness, shaking and vomiting from the alleged thallium poisoning. Authorities said he continues to suffer from the symptoms. Since then he has graduated from the university.
Royal was as baffled as anyone else, "said Deputy District Attorney Abraham Kassis, according to The Morning Call. "He believed that they had a very cordial relationship as roommates."
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Yukai admitted to the authorities in May that he had received the thallium, but said he would do it for himself use it even if it does not do well at school, according to The Morning Call.
Thallium is an odorless and tasteless, internationally used, soft metal used in electronics manufacturing and other purposes. It was once used in rat poison, but is banned for use in the US since the 1
The Associated Press contributed to this report.