More details have been released about the escaped Harbin convict Gao Yulun and his recent visit to a small shop to buy moon cakes while on the run from the law.
Gao, who has already been spotted on five occassions since his escape, was seen on Saturday night visitng a small store in Yanshou county. He went on to consume two bottles of liquid and half a bottle of beer before leaving with seven packs of moon cakes, two packets of biscuits, a dozen small bottles of Chinese liquor, baijiu, two packs of cigarettes, a thin quit, and a jacket, South China Morning Post reports.
The escaped convict appeared to have a conscience, however, and before leaving the store, left 120 yuan on the counter as payment.
He has been on the run since last Tuesday (September 2), when he escaped with two fellow inmates—Wang Damin and Li Haiwei. The three convicts fled, all wearing jail uniforms, after killing a guard in a detention center during their breakout. Wang and Li have since been caught, but there is still warrant for Gao, offering a reward of 150,000 yuan for tips leading to his capture.
Gao, whom villagers said “liked to drink, and once he was drunk he turned into another person,” was imprisoned and given the death penalty earlier this year for killing childhood friend, Li Deyue, following an argument.
Despite his drinking problems, Gao has been cast as a family oriented man by his fellow villagers. He is said to have always prepared meals and arranged for his five siblings to meet up and celebrate festivals together. The News reports that he was also a dutiful son, taking care of his 74-year-old mother after his father died of bladder cancer.
His mother appears to have her own opinion on the situation.
“If they catch him they will execute him, so he won’t need to suffer any more,” she told the newspaper.
By Robert Ridley