Kidnap victim uses taekwondo to escape

PUBLISHED : Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 12:00am
UPDATED : Thursday, 22 April, 2004, 12:00am

A Taiwanese businessman kidnapped in Shenzhen put his taekwondo skills to good use and escaped. The businessman, who was not identified in local media reports, was abducted at gunpoint by a group of kidnappers in suburban Bao'an district in Shenzhen on March 9, the Shenzhen Evening News reported.

The kidnappers demanded a ransom of 100 million yuan, later dropping the amount to 5 million yuan after the kidnapped man's friends refused to pay the original sum.

Shenzhen police were contacted when the kidnapped man's friends were unable to raise enough money. As the police worked on a rescue plan, the kidnapped man took matters into his own hands and broke free.

On March 11 the man, who is trained in the Korean martial art taekwondo, freed himself from his bonds and fought with a startled abductor armed with a gun. The kidnapper tried to shoot the man but the gun jammed, the report said.

The businessman chased the kidnapper away, then slid down a water pipe from the sixth-floor room where he was being held and escaped.

Police said the businessman suffered minor injuries and was sent to hospital. On information provided by the kidnapped man, Shenzhen police were able to locate three of his abductors.

Two of the men were arrested on March 25 after fleeing to Hunan. Another was caught in Guangdong on April 10.

Shenzhen police yesterday refused to give details of the case.

Taiwan last year called on the central government to better protect its citizens after several Taiwanese businessmen were kidnapped or murdered on the mainland.