CRIME

Hunan man held over knife killings and fire in Shenzhen flat

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 20 April, 2014, 5:24am
UPDATED : Sunday, 20 April, 2014, 5:24am

A 23-year-old man from Hunan has been arrested over a frenzied knife attack and fire that left two women dead and a third critically injured in their flat in Shenzhen early on Tuesday.

The three women, all 26, worked at the nearby Shenzhen headquarters of China Resources in Luohu district.

Detectives said the suspect, Xie Jie, had been surfing the internet in a cyber cafe in the building where the women shared a flat.

He climbed out of a fire exit after midnight and noticed that the windows of the women's flat were unlocked.

He then climbed inside to burgle it.

Detectives said Xie slashed two of his victims to death with a meat cleaver and badly wounded the other before setting fire to the apartment in a bid to destroy the evidence.

He escaped with three portable computers, cash and bank cards, which he used to withdraw money.

The fire spread and was still smouldering at 6am.

Xie was arrested at 10pm on Tuesday at a cyber cafe in Zhongshan .

It was not known how police tracked him down.

The surviving woman is being treated for at least 20 life-threatening wounds at Shenzhen People's Hospital.

The attack shattered bones in both her arms and she also suffered wounds to her head, face and neck.

The Southern Metropolis News said colleagues of the two dead women had identified them only as Yoyo from Wuhan , Hubei , and Fanfan from Zhengzhou , Henan .

The report said both women worked in the company's human resources department and were highly educated.

One was a graduate of Peking University while the other had studied in Britain.

The upmarket residential complex is less than 100 metres from the China Resources headquarters.

The company could not be reached for comment yesterday.