By Tom Bannister
What’s going on in Tianjin? Just days after a brutal axe murder in a Tianjin hospital, the chief suspect in the city’s ‘flying syringe’ attacks has been arrested with 81 syringes and a crossbow to launch them. Police had been looking for the man, Tian Momo, for several days and finally tracked him down after receiving an important tip-off. Mr Tian has confessed to launching attacks with anaesthetic-filled syringes on the 25th and 28th of November.
The first attack was publicised after the victim, a 22 year old woman, posted a photo of the feathered syringe on the internet. When the police eventually took notice of her case she described the attack. In the early hours of the 25th November she was walking by the side of a main road in Tianjin. She thought that she was being followed by a car. Suddenly she felt a sharp pain in her left side and looking down she saw that there was a feathered syringe sticking out of her arm. Looking up she saw a Tianjin taxi drawing near to her. Then her body began to feel numb.”I was really frightened” she said. “My heart was beating so fast”. As the numbness spread she managed to run away and call the police. The police never arrived but while she waited the taxi stopped and a man got out only to flee when he saw other people nearby. Three days later another attack took place in a similar area, this time at midnight. The chief suspect has apparently confessed to both crimes and awaits his trial.