A 34-year-old Shanxi man high on meth kidnapped his own wife at knifepoint after hallucinating that people were out to kill him.
On Tuesday, the Yuncheng police department spent approximately seven hours talking a knife-wielding man down from a bad trip. Their patience paid off; the police successfully rescued the hostage and arrested the kidnapper.
The police were alerted to the crime at 10:00 a.m. earlier that day. After immediately rushing over to the scene of the crime, they realized the severity of the situation and decided to call for more specialized armed backup.
The local police and armed forces patiently negotiated with the kidnapper, while carefully watching his movements. Hours later, the kidnapper requested that the police help him “escape” by arranging transportation.
To placate the kidnapper, the police played along and called for a car. Once the car arrived, the knife-wielding man dragged his wife out to the car, at which point the armed police seized the opportunity to forcibly wrest away the man’s weapon and subdue him.
During the scuffle, two police officers, one from the local police force and the other of the armed forces, received slight injuries.
After arresting the kidnapper, the police searched the man’s home and fund a shotgun with eleven bullets. Upon further investigation, the 34-year-old criminal, Zhou Mou, was also found to have had repeatedly run into trouble with the law for drug-related reasons.
In this incident, the criminal was found to have done a great amount of methamphetamine, which led to his hallucinations that someone was out to kill him and spurred his decision to take his wife hostage at knifepoint. He is currently behind bars.
By Lucy Wang