Breaking: Norman Hsu captured in Colorado; Update: Hospitalized after falling ill on train; Update: “Delirious”

posted at 12:26 am on September 7, 2007 by Allahpundit

In Grand Junction. No details yet, but it sounds like he may have been injured somehow:

Authorities said Hsu was taken into custody at St. Mary’s Hospital in Grand Junction at 7 p.m. local time. He had been on the lam for almost two days after failing to appear in a Redwood City courtroom Wednesday to surrender his passport.

Stand by for updates.

Update: The feds are going to drop the interstate fugitive charge against him when they turn him over to California? Huh?

Update: Forty minutes later and the AP story is still the only game in town. While we wait for news, speculate away as to what he was doing in Colorado. A google search reveals no links there save for a donation Hsu made to Rep. Mark Udall’s senate campaign. Nothing unusual there; Hsu donated to Democrats all over the country. A commenter below says he’s surprised Hsu is still in the country but that’s really not surprising. He fled to Hong Kong after his first round of legal trouble in the early 90s. Airports would have been the first place the feds looked and Hsu surely would have expected it. Maybe he was driving cross country, back to familiar territory on the east coast, and got sidetracked somehow in Colorado?

Update: Plain ol’ rotten luck?

Hsu was traveling on an Amtrak train when he became ill. Grand Junction paramedics were summoned to the Amtrak station near downtown about 11 a.m. Thursday to treat a patient, Battalion Chief Robert Ferguson said.

The patient, whom Ferguson said he found out eight hours later was a fugitive, was not in great pain, Ferguson said.

“There was no extrication needed,” Ferguson said. “He walked out of the train on his own.”

He is currently in federal custody at St. Mary’s and is listed in fair condition, said St. Mary’s nursing supervisor Pete Smarr.

Update: The Chronicle says paramedics initially requested a backboard to move him. He boarded at Emeryville, California, says the Times, and was on his way to Denver.

Update: Interesting — he was hospitalized at noon but wasn’t arrested until 7 p.m.

Update: NBC’s Denver affiliate notes that ICE was involved in the arrest. Won’t that be a tasty angle if he’s here illegally.

Update: The detail about the backboard made me think he’d had some kind of acute spasm or something, but now the AP is saying he was “delirious” when he got to the hospital. Hmmmm.


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but now the AP is saying he was “delirious” when he got to the hospital. Hmmmm.

Did they not get enough poison in him?

Sue on September 7, 2007 at 12:50 PM

Update: The detail about the backboard made me think he’d had some kind of acute spasm or something, but now the AP is saying he was “delirious” when he got to the hospital. Hmmmm.

Was he wearing one of those Hannibal Lecter face masks too?

‘Cause, man, that would be awesome.

logis on September 7, 2007 at 12:54 PM

I’m trying soooo hard not to be a conspiracy nut here, but jeez–how coincidental that Hsu gets sick enough to need a paramedic and hospitalization just hours after trying to disappear.

aero on September 7, 2007 at 9:00 AM

Imagine the stress of trying to hide while your picture is at the top of Hotair.com

pedestrian on September 7, 2007 at 1:00 PM

Bill to Hilary…Hill he’s delirious so hold off on the Nurse’s bit for a while. We might still be able to salvage this without you getting involved, Ms. Presedent!!! Boisterous laughter throughout the room…James Carville is rolling around on the floor.

RMR on September 7, 2007 at 1:12 PM

Hsu was looking to be smuggled out of the country. Denver is a big human trafficking hub.

baldilocks on September 7, 2007 at 1:16 PM

I’m trying soooo hard not to be a conspiracy nut here, but jeez–how coincidental that Hsu gets sick enough to need a paramedic and hospitalization just hours after trying to disappear.

aero on September 7, 2007 at 9:00 AM

According to another news story Hsu didnt call the paramedics. It was fellow passengers who saw him and called them

William Amos on September 7, 2007 at 1:18 PM

He must have eaten the (tainted) Hsu-Fly Pie in the dining car.

Brat on September 7, 2007 at 1:19 PM

I’m not sure that not having a passport would prevent him from boarding an international commercial flight. As far as I can remember it, you need a passport to officially enter a country, not to leave one

James on September 7, 2007 at 9:10 AM

The airlines don’t let you board until they see your passport, because it’s generally their dime that gets you back home if you’re denied entry to a country. Not allowed on international flights until you flash that passport.

TexasDan on September 7, 2007 at 1:26 PM

Drats! Clintons got to him first!. I hope he can squeal before that poison kills him.

TheSitRep on September 7, 2007 at 1:36 PM

Me too, SitRep, me too.

Christoph on September 7, 2007 at 1:46 PM

Ah So the man was delirious huh. Just bring a case of bottled water and a surfboard into the interagating room and we might have the first Joseph Valachi of the lethal Clinton Mafia!

sonnyspats1 on September 7, 2007 at 1:48 PM

Hilary to Bill…Yeah? Well I already rented a nurse’s uniform and I am sitting in St. Mary’s parking lot, so as long as that sucker is still alive I am staying put. And if you guys really want something to laugh at, how about me mailing those tapes to Rush Limbaugh?

RMR on September 7, 2007 at 1:50 PM

and this time, DON”T LET HIM GO!!!

Defector01 on September 7, 2007 at 1:55 PM

Jack Ruby

JiangxiDad on September 7, 2007 at 1:58 PM

A. Faked.

B. They had him killed.

Mazztek on September 7, 2007 at 2:02 PM

sigh……dont go getting your panties in a wad folks, some time between tomorrow and Sept. 17th you will see just how powerful the Clinton mafia really is. I would like to thank fred5678 on September 7, 2007 at 12:44 AM for posting this link, however I fully expect the judge to refuse to indite Hillary for what is obviously a federal felony.

doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 2:11 PM

you will see just how powerful the Clinton mafia really is.

very telling, it will be.
.

Hsu-do-something. I’d be delirious if the clintons were after me too.

shooter on September 7, 2007 at 2:34 PM

AP could use a spell checker along with those layers of editors and fact checkers, delirious should be spelled drugged, or drunk.

Retread on September 7, 2007 at 3:52 PM

He looks like that guy John Cazele from the deer hunter.

TheSitRep on September 7, 2007 at 4:09 PM

I would like to thank fred5678 on September 7, 2007 at 12:44 AM for posting this link, however I fully expect the judge to refuse to indite Hillary for what is obviously a federal felony.
doriangrey on September 7, 2007 at 2:11 PM

You’re welcome, Dorian, but of course NOTHING on the news today about the start of this possibly blockbuster (one can hope) trial. Surprise, surprise.

…Hsu gets sick enough to need a paramedic and hospitalization just hours after trying to disappear.
aero on September 7, 2007 at 9:00 AM

According to the Amtrak schedule, it is a 27+ hour trip from Emeryville to Grand Junction.

Is there anyone NOT sick after that long of a trip???

fred5678 on September 7, 2007 at 2:03 AM

fred5678 on September 7, 2007 at 10:28 PM

Unfortunatly she is always campaigning, so they can never file a lawsuit.
What a red herring, can’t file a lawsuit while someone is running for an office. I know, it says frivolous (sp), but the judge determines that, find the right judge (not to hard in Ca) and it becomes frivoulous (sp).

right2bright on September 8, 2007 at 12:01 AM

Update: The detail about the backboard made me think he’d had some kind of acute spasm or something, but now the AP is saying he was “delirious” when he got to the hospital. Hmmmm.

HMMMM what would cause muscle spasms, dementia? Strychnine, Ricin, Tetanus (lockjaw would keep him from testifying)any number of plant poisons.

Who would want him incapacitated?

Speakup on September 8, 2007 at 1:58 AM

They better depose this Hsu guy before he “commits suicide” Clinton Inc. style.

Mojave Mark on September 8, 2007 at 2:01 AM

Must’ve been bad cyanide.

JellyToast on September 8, 2007 at 3:17 AM

The guy who “kidnapped” Hsu in 1990 is Raymond Kwok Chow, a “former” San Francisco Chinatown gang leader.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=local&id=5643329

slp on September 8, 2007 at 4:33 AM

The guy who “kidnapped” Hsu in 1990 is Raymond Kwok Chow, a “former” San Francisco Chinatown gang leader.

http://abclocal.go.com/kgo/story?section=local&id=5643329

slp on September 8, 2007 at 4:33 AM

Do not worry about Mr. Hsu. He’s been promised a full pardon after Hitlerly is in office.

I wonder if his illness was the result of lead poisoning from all those Chinese toys he’s been peddling to show the IRS and other’s where he is getting all of his wealth. When it probably was caused by his handling and laundering of Chinese counterfeit dollars that had too much lead in the ink.

MSGTAS on September 8, 2007 at 10:34 AM

This is one of the funniest theads in a while.

The authorities had better get to Hsu before he has a Foster.

drjohn on September 8, 2007 at 11:17 AM

Good thing they nabbed him before he made it to an airport. TSA isn’t allowed to profile

Actually I am surprised he was nabbed at a hospital. Hospitals have to treat all perps without reporting them.

He must have used a bogus Blue Cross card. That would be the only thing that would make a Hospital call for police action

Foolish man. Had he told them he was an uninsured illegal Mexican he would be free today

entagor on September 8, 2007 at 1:15 PM

“This kind of blows my theory of him being a Chinese spy: if he was, you’d think the PRC would have taken him out of the country by now.”

No, I suspect the Chinese did want to spirit him home, but Hsu may have been worried that he would not make it all the way – like perhaps his flight would end early in an involuntary parachute-free skydive from 20K feet into the Pacific.

Since everyone would expect him leave by air to China, he takes the train in the other direction, probably ticketed all the way to the end of the line. Then he “gets sick” and is taken off the train and put in hospital, where he tells them who he is and asks for Federal custody.

If they don’t keep him in Club Fed, and instead send him back to California, it may be the end of the line for our boy.

Betcha someone who works for the Clintons is on the phone to Jerry Brown right now, reminding him of those photos, and that Mr. Hsu really should not be held in jail too long – just a few days until things can be arranged for his final “return to China”. I suspect this time it will be by the “direct route”, but will only get about 6 feet.

drunyan8315 on September 8, 2007 at 2:54 PM

So what will be the Clintons’ next move? This is a job for Dr. Kervorkian!

Mojave Mark on September 8, 2007 at 11:55 PM

This has “Clinton” written all over it.

jimbo2 on September 10, 2007 at 3:07 PM

Maybe Hsu injured himself, figuring that that would at least keep him alive, rather than falling into the hands of the Clinton squad.

jimbo2 on September 10, 2007 at 3:08 PM

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