Yuaki Yang, 22, is accused of poisoning his African-American roommate, officials say.
(Northampton County Prison)
A Chinese man accused of scrawling racist graffiti in a Lehigh University dorm room that he shares with an African-American student has now been accused of poisoning him.
Yukai Yang, a 22-year-old chemistry major, reportedly sick of his roommate with thallium, and any other chemicals. Prosecutors said Thursday he peppered his roommate is eating and drinking for a number of months.
Yukai, who no longer are enrolled at Lehigh University and had his student visa revoked, will be charged with attempted murder, aggravated assault and other offences, Northampton County District Attorney John Morganelli said. Yukai was already confronted with an ethnic intimidation charge for the graffiti incident.
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Yukai’s roommate, Juwan Royal, experienced progressively worse symptoms that included dizziness, trembling and vomiting of the suspected thallium poisoning. Authorities say that he is still suffering from the symptoms. He has since graduated from the university.
“The lord Royal was as dumbfounded by this as anyone else,” Assistant District Attorney Abraham Kassis said, according to The Morning Call. “He believed they had a fairly cordial relationship as roommates.”
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Yukai admitted to the authorities in May that he obtained the thallium, but said that he was planning to use it on himself if he does not do well in school, according to The Morning Call.
Thallium is an odorless and tasteless soft metal used internationally in the electronics industry and other purposes. It was once used in rat poison, but was banned for that use in the USA since the 1970s.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.