November 27, 2022

Police have arrested a suspect after four Chinese nationals were killed on a marijuana farm in Oklahoma’s Kingfisher County last Sunday.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said in a statement on Facebook on Tuesday that suspect Wu Chen, 45, was arrested in Florida by the Miami Beach, Florida Police Department in connection with a quadruple murder just before 4 p.m. .

Police arrested Chen “without incident” after a license plate reader marked the vehicle he was driving, authorities said.

He was taken to the Miami-Dade County Detention Center where he is expected to face charges of murder and shooting for murder, officials said.

The suspect is currently awaiting extradition to Oklahoma.

Victims were ‘executed’

Chen’s arrest came Sunday after four Chinese men (three men and one woman) were “executed” at a marijuana-growing operation in a rural area about 90 kilometers northwest of Oklahoma City.

Police said in a statement that five Chinese nationals were injured in the incident and were airlifted to a nearby hospital.

Police said the suspect entered the building around 5:45 p.m. on Sunday while several employees were inside. The suspect had spent “considerable amount of time” inside the building before shooting, they said.

Law enforcement responded to the situation after receiving “initial calls about a hostage situation,” the statement said.

Police said the investigation so far did not indicate that the murder was random, adding that it was still “on hold” due to a “language barrier” to the victim’s closest relatives.

OSBI Captain Stan Florence said Monday that investigators believe the suspect knew the victim.

“They all know each other.” said Florence. “I don’t know if they were relatives or colleagues, but certainly all of these people were familiar with each other.”

Medical marijuana has been legal since 2018 in Oklahoma.

But the Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics is investigating whether the growing operation is legal and has a valid permit, an agency spokesperson confirmed to NBC News.

Several agencies were involved in the investigation into the four deaths and the arrest of the suspects.

Katabella Roberts

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Katabella Roberts is a news writer for The Epoch Times, focusing primarily on US, world and business news.

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