Yet another Chinese fugitive of justice has been caught as authorities continue to prey on their love for the music of Jacky Cheung.
Upon entering a stadium in Zhejiang’s Jiaxing city on Sunday to hear the “God of Songs” sing, a man surnamed Yu had his facerecorded by sophisticated security cameras. The system quickly learned Yu’s identity and, as he was leaving the concert which was attended by more than 20,000 people, he was apprehended by police.
It turns out that Yu had been on the run from the law since 2015 when he fled Shandong province after allegedly buying 110,000 yuan in potatoes, and then not paying for them. Reportedly, Yu had relocated to Zhejiang province where he had opened a small hotel by using his brother’s name.
Incredibly, this is the third time that a fugitive has been arrested at a Jacky Cheung concert in the past two months. The first arrest came in April when a man surnamed Ao, who was on the police watchlist for unspecified economic crimes, was caught by facial recognition cameras at a concert in Nanchang.
Police said that Ao was extremely surprised when he was apprehended, believing that he was surely safe among the massive crowd. Sitting in jail, he said that if he had known about China’s face recognition system, he would have just stayed home instead.
The second arrest came on May 5th at a stadium in the Jiangxi city of Ganzhou, again during a Jacky Cheung concert.
With this third arrest, Chinese netizens have praised Cheung’s supernatural crime-fighting skills, calling him the “worst enemy” of all fugitives and wondering if he will soon pursue a second career in law enforcement.
According to his website, the Hong Kong star will be in the city of Jingzhou, Hubei province this weekend. In July, Cheung heads to Luoyang where police have already announced on Weibo that they are “ready” for his arrival.
Someday, China hopes to turn the whole country into a Jacky Cheung concert, security-wise.
While the Middle Kingdom already boasts some 170 million CCTV cameras, it’s looking to install another 400 million or so in the next three years.These cameras will be able to match your ID card with your face and your face with your car, tracking your movements back one week, recording all of the people that you came into contact with.
The network is targeted at not only preventing crime, butpredicting it before it happens.