A 58-year-old Central Valley man with stage 4 cancer was arrested last week after driving from his home in Visalia to the Bay Area with the alleged intent to kill his doctors, Palo Alto police and prosecutors said Tuesday.
Yue Chen allegedly had two loaded guns in addition to notes with locations of his doctors' homes and a typewritten statement about his plans to kill them, prosecutors said.
The case related to Chen, also known as "Randy," began on Wednesday, May 31, when the Visalia Police Department received a call at about 10:30 a.m. from Chen's family reporting that he was missing, Visalia police Sgt. Damon Maurice said. Investigators arriving at the home found notes allegedly written by Chen indicating he wanted to harm himself and others. Two firearms were also missing from the home, Maurice said.
Visalia officers called Palo Alto police and advised them that Chen might be driving to the Bay Area to murder three of his doctors after becoming upset about his medical condition and treatment. The Visalia police also contacted multiple police departments in the Bay Area with jurisdiction over the work and home locations of the doctors, and they put out a statewide bulletin for law enforcement agencies to be on the lookout for Chen.
Palo Alto police received a call from the California Highway Patrol after officers had located and stopped Chen on U.S. Highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue in San Jose around 7:45 p.m., Palo Alto police said. Chen was driving a rental car, a red 2017 Nissan Rogue, and had two loaded semiautomatic handguns with high-capacity magazines inside the vehicle within reach of him, according to Palo Alto police.
Officers arrested Chen without incident and took him to a hospital for treatment related to his medical condition. He was later booked into Santa Clara County Jail on suspicion of attempted murder and illegal carrying of a loaded firearm, police said.
According to Santa Clara County prosecutor Charles Huang, Chen was arrested in a rented red 2017 Nissan Rogue with a typewritten statement that read, "Why do I kill? Two reasons: 1. Revenge 2. Tell those professionals who are still alive that this is possible result if you treat people as an animal like UCSF or Stanford Hopital [sic."
Chen was also found with a white rubber mask and two loaded semiautomatic handguns registered to him with high-capacity magazines within his reach.
"We feel like there's pretty good evidence of intent to kill," Huang said. "Usually the evidence is a little more ambiguous."
Chen told police he has stage 4 cancer, Huang said.
"Good police work led to us finding him and averting what could have been a tremendous tragedy," Huang said.
Chen continued his previously scheduled arraignment to June 28 in Palo Alto. He is being held without bail.
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