Apparently there is something going on…this is from the China Times online edition:
小心藍色雨衣 機車刺客 入侵北縣 中永和、板橋近1個月驚傳3起刺殺案 程式設計師肺部遭刺送醫救治
Beware blue raincoats! Scooter stabber moves into Taipei County
Yonghe, Banqiao have seen 3 stabbing deaths in the past month
Computer programmer stabbed in lungs, sent to hospital
Wu Jun-lu reporting from Taipei
The Yonghe and Banqiao districts of Taipei County have recently been the scene of 3 instances of a scooter rider stabbing other riders to death. The culprit, the “raincoat scooter stabber” [translator’s note: surely we can come up with something more catchy than that?? ], is suspected of continuing on after killing 3 motorcycle riding women in Dongshan, I-lan. The criminal affairs police have already begun an investigation.
The police investigation shows that on the afternoon of January 11 at about 2 pm, a computer programmer, Chen Maoquan, who works in Taipei County, was riding his scooter at the intersection of Zhongshan Road and Yuanshan Road in Zhonghe. While stopped at a red light, he was attacked by a rider on a 125cc Kuangyang scooter who approached him from behind on his left side. Since it was raining heavily at the time, the victim thought that the man, who struck him, was someone who had mistaken him for an acquaintance, so he did not suspect anything.
It was only when the victim got home and took off his raincoat that he discovered that he was covered in blood. He was sent to the emergency room at Banqiao's Yadong Hospital, where he was treated for stab wounds which penetrated as deeply as the lung. Currently the victim is still in the hospital. Preliminary police investigation reveals that Mr. Chen's attacker did not have any grudge against him, and indeed did not even know him. The Taipei County police also discovered that within the past month, Banqiao, Zhonghe and Yonghe have been the scene of 2 incidents in which motorcycle riders were stabbed to death. Of these, two victims were university students going into or out of their school. All attacks occurred late at night, and were committed by a subject wearing a blue raincoat which facilitated the attack.
[A very quick translation…apologies for inaccuracies but that’s basically it.]