The last of three inmates who escaped from a Heilongjiang detention center last week after killing a guard was finally recaptured by police yesterday. Gao Yulun, who was last spotted at a small shop in Yanshou county picking up some moon cakes, cigs and liquor, moved the party on over to a family gathering at his niece’s house in Hefu village, where he was caught. Media have reported somewhat different versions of what exactly went down.
The Legal Evening News said that Gao had showed up at the house during a family banquet around 4:00 p.m. and calmly sat down to eat. His niece’s father-in-law stepped away to call the police, who arrived in less than 10 minutes and seized the escapee. The newspaper reported that villagers set off firecrackers after he was hauled off.
News portal Sina spins a slightly different tale. Citing the niece’s husband, it said Gao had gone to the family gathering around 5:00 p.m. to ask for food. His niece, whom he’d reportedly been close with after his wife’s death, agreed, but her father-in-law and brother-in law tied him up before police arrived.
Gao, 50, was among three inmates who escaped from the Yanshou detention center just outside of Harbin on September 2. The three suspects killed a guard on duty and wore police jackets and shirts as they walked out of the gates.
The two other escapees, Li Haiwei, 29, and Wang Damin, 35, were captured by police on September 3 and 4. Authorities had raised the reward from 10,000 yuan to 150,000 yuan for any information leading to Gao.
Witnesses who saw the capture said that Gao looked thin and near collapse after being on the run for over a week. He reportedly accused his family of betrayal before being taken away.