A former Lehigh University student accused of poisoning his roommate left a $ 200,000 bail and hoped to be deported to China to avoid prosecution, a prosecutor said Thursday. Yukai Yang, 23, was back in the local custody after the authorities learned about the plan and had him returned from the custody of the US Immigration and Customs Service (ICE) to Northampton County Pennsylvania Prison.
The prosecution is now asking a judge to detain Yang without bail, calling him a "legitimate flight risk."
They are now investigating whether a second student was poisoned with the chemical thallium.
This is still the beginning of an investigation. It essentially came to light after the publication of these charges, "prosecutor John Morganelli said.
" Mr. Yang, because he is a foreigner, now believed illegal here because his student visa was revoked allowing him to release the bail "Give up his right to a deportation trial and resign," Morganelli said in a statement. That's not going to happen
He believed that Yang's mother had released the bail on the bail last week. Court papers identify the person as Hua Shi. Yang's lawyer did not immediately respond to a call for comment on Thursday.
Yang, a senior chemical master, was arrested On December 20, he was accused of poisoning his roommate's food, drinks, and mouthwash with thallium for several months, causing the victim, Juwan Royal, to experience seizures and dizziness Vomiting triggered. Royal was so ill that twice in March, the police were called to his aid. Authorities said.
Investigators believe Yang has purchased the odorless, colorless chemical that was once sold online as a rat poison, Morganelli said.
He was initially charged in April with charges of vandalism and ethnic intimidation to Royal, who blac, k, found racist graffiti in the room. The police said Yang wrote the N-word and "GET OUT OF HERE" in Marker on Royal's desk in her room on Warren Square and also devastated the Royal's TV and bed, the Morning Call reported.
Since then, the roommate has graduated, but continues to suffer from the effects of poisoning, the authorities said. The two had lived together for several years without incident, the authorities said.
Yang is charged with attempted murder, grievous bodily harm, ethnic intimidation, and other charges.
A preliminary hearing is scheduled for next week.