Published: Mon, December 24, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

Former Lehigh University Student From China Accused Of Poisoning Roommate

Former Lehigh University Student From China Accused Of Poisoning Roommate

On March 29, police returned to the room where Royal reported throwing up for the past 45 minutes; he was then transported in an ambulance to the hospital.

"Mr. Royal was as dumbfounded by this as anyone else", Assistant District Attorney Abraham Kassis said in the press conference.

Yang was already facing an ethnic intimidation charge for allegedly writing racist graffiti in the pair's dorm room in the spring.

Investigators said after Yang gave a written statement on the vandalism similarities in his handwriting and the racist comment on Royal's desk were noticed.

Yang was questioned about his roommate's sickness during an interview in May.

It wasn't until the graffiti investigation that Royal took a blood test which tested positive for thallium, with 3.6micrograms per liter above the safe toxicity level for people, Morganelli said. Prosecutors said that much like the slow process Yang was using to poison his roommate, Royal slowly realized what was happening.

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After Royal's blood tested positive for thallium at unsafe levels, Yang told police that he bought thallium online with the intent to harm himself if he failed his exams and that he placed the substance in communal items in the men's fridge. In February, Royal told campus police he felt a burning sensation after drinking from a water bottle in his room.

"They were purchased with the intent for him to harm himself if he did poorly on future exams", Morganelli said.

Royal, who has since graduated, "is still experiencing physical symptoms from this poisoning that occurred", he added. "He admitted however to mixing these chemicals in with foods and drinks which were stored in the community refrigerator which was shared by himself and the victim".

Mr Yang, an worldwide student from China, is no longer enrolled at Lehigh, and his student visa has been revoked. Yang reported he had noticed the milk in the refrigerator had changed color, as had Royal's mouthwash, authorities said. He's being held at Northampton County Prison.

According to The Washington Post, the two had been roommates for several years and seemed to get along well.

"We intend to defend these charges", Yang's attorney Janet Jackson told Yahoo Lifestyle. 'From the outset, our concern has been the health and safety of the victim of these alleged behaviours and, as such, Lehigh staff and faculty have been providing support, services and assistance, ' the school stated.

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