Police in Shanghai have tracked down 11 escapees and two more surrendered following Thursday’s violent prison break in suburban Minhang District, China Daily is reporting. That leaves nine prisoners unaccounted for and police are staking out “transportation hubs” in the area in an effort to capture the rest. Two of the prisoners already in custody had made it as far as Nanjing.
An earlier report gave details on how the breakout went down, and evidently the prison guards in Minhang don’t watch too many Westerns. The prisoners staged a brawl in the cell and when the guards game in to break it up, the prisoners turned on the guards, injured them and stole their keys.
Oddly, the stories say the prisoners were only in jail for minor offenses — like “group scuffles” or “harassing women” — and were only facing fines of RMB 3,000 or 15 days behind bars. Now, they will be charged with crimes that are much more serious.