CHINATOWN, NY (PIX11)—The suspect accused of shooting two Chinatown women and setting their apartment on fire last month was pulled off a Hong Kong bound flight at John F. Kennedy Airport minutes before takeoff, according to the New York Post.
The Joint Terrorism Task Force, NYPD and PAPD brought the alleged gangster off of a Delta Flight at 1:45 p.m. Monday. The man's name was withheld, the Post reported.
The source also told the Post the man was a "hard-core gang member" with "tattoos on his hands and fingers."
Police are investigating if the man is responsible for the executions of Xiao L. Li, 70, and Yong Hua Chen, 36, who were found dead with gun wounds in a burning Henry Street apartment on June 29.
The source told the Post that there wasn't enough evidence to charge the the suspect with the murders, but he will be held on another charge as the investigation ensues.
The man's reason for leaving the country might be because he saw officials impounding his car on Saturday, the source said, and he might planned on traveling to Beijing.
Neighbors of the apartment where the women were found told PIX11 last month that strangers were regularly seen coming in and out of the first floor apartment. Homicide officials were investigating a prostitution angle as one of the possible motives, along with a motive related to investment in a fund popular in some Chinese communities. There were boxes of condoms found in the apartment, along with multiple receipts from the fund.
Stay with us for more information as this story develops.