Despite Anhui province being battered by some of the worst weather in recent memory, China’s police force were still on the beat taking down fugitives, even if that means chasing them through murky floodwater.
Local authorities got a tip off about the criminal, surnamed Wei, who had been on the run for 18 months and was wanted in connection with several criminal cases. A team of plain clothes police officers were dispatched to the flooded Wuwei county to bring in the outlaw, href=”http://news.hf365.com/system/2016/07/09/015017537.shtml”>Hefei Online News reports.
Upon arrival at the address provided to them, Wei dashed out the door and dived into a nearly pool of water caused by recent flooding, somehow removing his clothing in the process.
The fugitive jumped into the water. But the police were right behind. Despite being a better swimmer, the sheer number of police officers was enough to surround and trap Wei.
“Although the outlaw was sturdy, we surrounded him in the water who had no way to escape,” said the team leader.
In the process of capturing Wei, several police officers sustained light injuries and one of them completely ruined his phone.
Netizens on Weibo praised the police for capturing the notorious fugitive, while some were confused as to why the media had made such a big fuss about Wei’s capture.
“Being a police’s quite exhausting. They not only have to capture any criminals in the land, but also leap right into the water under some circumstances,” one wrote.
“I think this’s what the police’s supposed to do, isn’t it? What’s the big deal with them jumping into the water if that’s their duty?” another asked.
At least this fugitive sprinted when facing the police; on the other hand, some just posted selfies on social media naively, thinking that they wouldn’t get caught easily.
By Katie Ngai
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