Changsha provincial police arrested two kidnappers in Taojiang county on January 5 after they held a 17-year-old girl hostage inside of a minibus for 16 hours, asking for 500,000RMB ransom.
The girl, 17-year-old Zhou Qian, was pulled into a minibus around 7 a.m. on January 5 as she was walking near Liucheng bridge in Changsha. Her kidnappers reportedly called the girl’s parents, asking 500,000RMB for her release.
Zhou was held in the minibus with her hands tied together and her mouth sealed with tape for nearly 16 hours. Around 9 p.m., the police found the kidnappers’ vehicle outside of a bank, roughly 100 kilometers away from where the kidnapping occurred.
A man who came out of an ATM vestibule got police’s attention and was arrested right away. The man admitted he was one of the kidnappers, and had just withdrawn 20,000RMB.
At that moment, the minibus’s door was closed, and police in plain clothes got close enough to the vehicle to see see a man holding a knife to the girl’s neck. There were more than 20 police officers in plain clothes and close to 100 armed police blocking off the whole area.
For the next two hours, the kidnapper wouldn’t get out of the vehicle and only opened a window to talk to police. The longer time went on, the more emotional he became. He started throwing water bottles at police, hitting the window and screaming, according to reports.
The kidnapper finally got out of the car and put the girl in front of him as a shield while he held a knife to her neck. He then asked police to arrange a car for him. “The car will be here in a minute,” police had told him, attempting to calm him down.
One Changsha police officer then charged at him from behind, grabbed his right and and pushed him on the ground as the girl pulled away.
Police discovered that the minibus was stolen from Hubei Province. Both the kidnappers are now being held and the case is being further investigated.
By Dong Ming