MOFA to help Taiwanese arrested in U.S. for shooting threat

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A Taiwanese 18-year-old student of a highschool in Pennsylvania An Tso Sun got arrested by state's Upper Darby Police Department Tuesday for shooting threat. (Photo courtesy of CNA via Facebook, 2018.3.29)

Taipei, March 29 (CNA) The Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) said Thursday that it will offer assistance to protect the legal rights of a Taiwanese student who was arrested in the U.S. state of Pennsylvania Tuesday for allegedly threatening to attack his high school.

MOFA spokesman Andrew Lee (李憲章) told local media that Taiwan’s representative office in New York has contacted the family of the student, identified by the state’s Upper Darby Police Department as 18-year-old An Tso Sun (孫安佐).

He was charged with making a terrorist threat and first-degree misdemeanor after police found a military ballistic vest and ammunition at his residence. Police said Sun had previously boasted of a plan to massacre his high school classmates.

Lee said the office has established contact with local police and with Sun’s attorney. The ministry will offer assistance should Sun’s family wish to visit him. The office will also send staff to visit Sun, he added.

The local Sanlih TV News channel quoted veteran actress Di Ying (狄鶯) as confirming that Sun is her son.

(By Joseph Yeh)