Yue Chen of Visalia dies of cancer before sentencing in plan to kill Bay Area doctors who treated him
By Reggie Ellis @Reggie_SGN
VISALIA – A Visalia man who plotted to murder three Bay Area doctors has died.
Yue Chen, 58, of Visalia died on Nov. 7, 2017 of cancer with his wife Paula by his side, according to an online obituary posted by Miller Memorial Chapel. Chen was the focus of a statewide manhunt in on May 31, 2017 after his wife reported him missing. During a search for clues at the Yens’ home, Visalia Police officers found a suicide note, the name of three doctors and their home addresses and a written plan to shoot the doctors.
The Visalia Police Department quickly broadcast a bulletin to look for a vehicle Chen had rented as well as contacting law enforcement agencies in the Palo Alto area, where at least one of the doctors lived. The Palo Alto Police Department said they took precautions to put officers at the homes of the three doctors as well as any other doctors who had treated Chen, who was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.
At 7:48 p.m. that night, officers with the California Highway Patrol’s San Jose office reported that they had located and stopped Chen’s rental car, a red 2017 Nissan Rogue, on Highway 101 and Hellyer Avenue in San Jose. Inside the car, CHP officers found two loaded semi-automatic handguns with high-capacity magazines (32 and 16 rounds, respectively) in the car within reach of the suspect and Google maps of the three doctors’ homes. Chen reportedly got lost trying to find the doctors’ homes. Officers from the California Highway Patrol arrested the suspect without incident, and transported him to a local hospital for pain related to his cancer.
After he was discharged from the hospital, Chen was booked at the Palo Alto Police Department. The Santa Clara County District Attorney’s Office has filed three felony counts of attempted murder as well as a misdemeanor for carrying a loaded gun.
Chen, who had been diagnosed with cancer in 2012, later told detectives that he had been treated like a “laboratory monkey” and that he believed he was being used as a tool for research.
The Mercury News reported that Chen told detectives, “They only hurt me. They hurt me both hospitals. They really screw my life, or the doctors lie to me. Hospitals, they all cover for each other.”
In September, Chen pleaded no contest to three counts of assault with a deadly weapon. Santa Clara County District Attorney’s office dismissed his sentencing scheduled for last month after receiving news of his death. Chen, who was born in China on Feb. 2, 1959, held two master’s degrees.