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Taiwan Man Held as Noodle Extortionist

November 28, 1985|From Reuters

TAIPEI, Taiwan — Authorities have arrested a man they say extorted money from supermarkets by threatening to put packets of poisoned instant noodles on their shelves, a police spokesman said Wednesday.

Chen Cheng-yu, 25, who was seized when he allegedly tried to negotiate a ransom with a leading supermarket chain, has not yet been charged, the spokesman said. He added that Chen demanded $125,000. Police failed to find any poisoned noodles at his home.

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