When a graduate of Shanghai University of Finance and Economics, surnamed Wan, robbed an ICBC branch on Shanghai’s Zhangjiang road, he wasn’t expecting Zhu Ping, a taxi driver who is being hailed as a hero for chasing the robber down the road and, armed with his belt, forcing him to return the 100,000 yuan he’d stolen.
Shanghai Daily reports:
On Wednesday, a man took off with 100,000 yuan from the teller counter of the Industrial and Commercial Bank of China on Zhangjiang Road in the Pudong New Area. Zhu Ping, who drives an illegal taxi, chased the thief for more than 500 meters and forced him to drop the stolen money before making good his escape.
Zhu dueled Wan with a belt, who was armed with a knife, prompting the police to label him “Brother Belt” for his daring act of courage.
The taxi driver said he saw people chasing a masked young man when he drove by Zhangjiang Road near Jiangdong Road.
“I did not think too much. In fact, I didn’t even know it was a bank robbery in the first place. I just thought this guy had stolen something, maybe a wallet, and he should drop it,” Zhu told reporters.
“I tried to hit his hand with the belt to force him to drop the knife before I could catch him,” Zhu said. “If I couldn’t beat him, at least he should drop the bag, I thought.”
Confronted by Zhu, Wan threw the bag containing the money into a nearby parked car and escaped into a taxi, he was apprehended by police in his apartment, less than ten hours after the failed robbery.
Wan blamed his crimes on a broken heart:
“Why did you do this?” officers asked him about the motive of the bank heist.
“I just hate!” Wan said resolutely.
“Who do you hate?” Officers asked him.
“I hate … my girlfriend,” he answered.
“What’s the link (between the hate and the robbery) then?” they asked him.
“I just wanted revenge … and I don’t have money.”
Zhu received a 2,000 yuan reward from the bank for helping retrieve the money. The taxi driver has been nicknamed ‘Brother Belt’ by netizens impressed by his quick thinking and tenacity.