Qinxuan Pan biography: 13 things about MIT researcher from Shanghai, China

Qinxuan Pan is a Chinese-American man from Massachusetts, United States. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He is originally from Shanghai, China. (a) (b)
  2. In 2006, he moved to Rockville, Montgomery, Maryland, USA. (b)
  3. He is an accomplished pianist. (a)
  4. He attended Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School in Rockville. (b)
  5. He lives in Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. (b)
  6. He co-owns a house in Malden, Middlesex County valued at $667,400. (a)
  7. In 2013, he graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge with a bachelor’s degree in computer science. In 2014, he enrolled at the institute as a graduate student. He was an artificial-intelligence researcher in Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory (CSAIL) of the MIT and part of the MIT team working on a project called Omniscope. (a) (b) (c) (d)
  8. On October 12, 2015, he was at the White Mountains of New Hampshire, USA for the Danny Lewin Retreat. (b)
  9. He and Constantinos Daskalakis co-authored “A Counter-Example to Karlin’s Strong Conjecture for Fictitious Play” and “Square Hellinger Subadditivity for Bayesian Networks and its Applications to Identity Testing,” which were published in December 2014 and in December 2016, respectively. (e)
  10. On March 4, 2020, he encountered MIT student Zion Perry at the Lindy Hop Society Bread and Bones Birthday Jam celebration at the Morss Hall of MIT. Perry graduate from MIT in 2020 and got engaged to Yale University student Kevin Jiang on January 30, 2021. (b) (f)
  11. He was accused of stealing a sports utility vehicle from a dealership in Mansfield, Massachusetts on February 5, 2021 before driving to Connecticut, USA. He was 29 years old when he was accused of fatally shooting Jiang at 8:33 p.m. on February 6, 2021 near Perry’s apartment in New Haven, Connecticut. Soon after the murder, North Haven Police Department officers encountered him while he was in a dark SUV stuck on railroad tracks in the parking lot of Sim’s Metals, a junkyard in North Haven, New Haven County, Connecticut. The car was towed and the police dropped him off at a Best Western hotel. He had fled from the hotel by the time the car was reported stolen. (c) (f)
  12. On February 11, 2021, he was seen driving with family in the Duluth or Brookhaven areas of Georgia, USA. (g)
  13. The U.S. Marshals Service began a nationwide hunt for him on March 1, 2021, offering $10,000 for information leading to his arrest, and arrested him in Alabama, USA on May 14, 2021. (h)

(This is a developing story. More details will be added.)


4 replies »

  1. Are you sure that he was a Chinese American? I have seen elsewhere that he was a Chinese citizen on a green card.


    • He must be a American citizen to be on the team USA Mathematical Olympiad.
      He probably was born in USA, and raised as a child in China. It is common for rich Chinese family.


      • Thanks for your reply. Some time after I posted the comment above, the fact that Qinxuan was an American citizen was confirmed by the INTERPOL notice. However, the notice also says that the man was born in Shanghai. Moreover, the trend of birth-tourism which you are referring to mainly happened during 2005-2015. It had not begun in 1991, the year in which Qinxuan was born.


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