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  • Sep 24, 2014
  • Updated: 1:48am

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.


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I lived in the 都市名园 apartment complex for 7 years. the flat the women lived in was like a ground floor apartment with a huge area people could sneak into and walk around. the horrible incident is a result of poor control of the building complex management, the lack of security on the windows (apparently this is the only flat on that level without window security, and a lunatic evil human who deserves 1000 years of hell.
Why so violent for just a laptop? Maybe something more to this crime.
Just so sad. At least good he was caught. Part of the today cancer in Chinese society, young people addicted to playing the Internet, empty minds and eager for easy money to spend for their vice. Deserves the highest punishment. Nothing else sinister to look for here, like Beaker invents. What China needs urgently is more ethics and morals.Xi Jinping needs to refresh the "Eight Honor Eight Shame".
Hmm, wonder if this has anything to do with the "burglar" being hired to grab information from the laptops of the China Resources HR employees which could be damaging to Song Lin, the recent Chairman of the same company. This looks too precisely targeted to be an opportunistic burglary. For one, it had extremely violent actions. Did this guy have any prior signs of violence? Usually, burglaries are done by stealth and if people are detected, the burglary is aborted. I'd say check to see if this guy has any military background. If police are not looking at it from my angle, then probably someone in the Shenzhen or Guangdong government are in collusion with Song Lin.
Don't pretend to be a detective because you are not.


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