Man held after killing spree in which 10 died

PUBLISHED : Saturday, 16 April, 2011, 12:00am
UPDATED : Saturday, 16 April, 2011, 12:00am


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A man suspected of killing 10 people, including his wife, father and son this week, was arrested by police in Liaoning province yesterday.

Zhou Yuxin, 33, was arrested in Yingkou for the murder of his wife, son and father, three of his landlord's family members, a female employee at a bathhouse and another three workers at a car wash in Anshan , 100 kilometres away, on Wednesday night and Thursday morning.

'Zhou was arrested near the Honghai market in an economic development zone in Yingkou city at 3.50pm on Friday,' an Anshan police press release said, adding that Zhou had confessed to the killings at the bath house and car wash.

Anshan police said they were interrogating Zhou in Yingkou and the reason he went on the killing spree had yet to be determined. Experts from the Ministry of Public Security and the Liaoning provincial police bureau were sent to Anshan to help the investigation.

The first victims were stabbed to death in a three-storey building in the village of Ertaizi in Ningyuan township. Police sealed off the crime scenes from noon on Thursday after the 10 bodies were discovered.

Zhou was immediately put on a wanted list, with a 50,000 yuan (HK$59,512) bounty on his head.

Police said they believed Zhou had fled in his van after the killings and they circulated his licence plate number after it was picked up by surveillance cameras.

Xinhua quoted a villager as saying that Zhou's bath house and car wash had opened recently and were among only a few businesses in the area.

Many other mass killings involving family members have been reported on the mainland in recent years.

In February, a Hubei man was held for killing his wife, two children, his parents-in-law and a sister-in-law. In December 2009, a Hunan man killed 13 people, including his father, with a hunting rifle and set five buildings on fire. A month earlier, a Beijing man killed his wife, two children, his parents-in-law and his wife's aunt.