The plot thickens, kind of: The foreigner accused of beating up a taxi passenger in Shanghai last week has been identified by cops and is not allowed to leave the city as they continue investigating the case.
The attack went down around 11:00 p.m. on June 4 at the intersection of Wuding Road and Jiangsu road, when the foreigner allegedly ran up to the passenger, surnamed Zhang, and attacked him for about one minute straight, breaking his supraorbital ridge and fracturing his nasal bone.
It’s how clear exactly what instigated the attack. According to accounts from the taxi driver and the passenger, there had been a near-accident at another intersection between the cab and cyclist, who was coming from the opposite side. The driver said the foreigner followed the cab to the next crossroad and began beating the passenger through the window.
The foreigner, in his 20s, told police that the passenger had provoked him from the front seat of the cab, but Zhang insists that he didn’t say anything offensive and that he made no provocative gestures.
Police tracked down the attacker’s identity and address with use of surveillance footage. Since the two described the incident differently, police said that they’ll further investigate and that the foreigner will not be allowed to leave the city until they’re done.