A man who stabbed an employee then tried to set a games room on fire after he lost over 20,000 yuan has been charged with arson, intentional injury and dangerous driving, Hongkou district prosecutors said.
The scene went down on May 6 last year when the 30-year-old man, surnamed Wang, lost around 20,000 yuan gambling at a games room, Shanghai Daily reports. When he asked for 5,000 yuan back, he was given 2,500 yuan and told to leave.
Wang left and later returned to the room equipped with a knife and a bowl of oil, which he poured over the game tables and attempted to ignite. Wang then stabbed an employee who tried to stop him before running outside, hijacking a cab and booking it at high speed.
His joyride was cut short when he crashed into another cab. He was trapped in the stolen car until police found him.
A court will now decide if Wang will go to prison or if he should be sent to a mental hospital, prosecutors said.
Previously on Shanghaiist: ‘Anger’ over gambling debts drove man to set Guangzhou bus on fire
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