Chinese police detain triple murder suspect as he ‘tried to abduct child’

Manhunt leads to capture of 25-year-old wanted in connection with killings of two children and one adult

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 09 July, 2017, 4:49pm
UPDATED : Thursday, 08 March, 2018, 6:05pm

A man wanted in connection with the killings of three people and attacks on several others has been detained in central China, a news website reported on Sunday.

The 25-year-old suspect, identified as Yao Changfeng, was apprehended on Saturday in Yuanling county, Hunan province, following a manhunt involving police and members of the public, reported.

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According to a police statement, Yao, from central China’s Hubei province, was spotted trying to abduct a 10-year-old girl as she walked along a country road.

When he realised he had been seen he let the girl go and fled, the report said.

A group of locals went in pursuit, and with the help of police and people from neighbouring villages, the suspect was eventually apprehended beside a river.

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Yao is wanted by the Ministry of Public Security in connection with the murders of two children and one adult in separate incidents. A reward of 200,000 yuan (US$29,500) had been offered for his arrest.

The cases involve the 2011 killing of two siblings – a seven-year-old girl and six-year-old boy – in Xinchang county, eastern China’s Zhejiang province, and the 2013 murder of an unnamed adult in Longshan county, Hunan province, the report said.

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According to a police statement, Yao is an “experienced fugitive”, who had sometimes resorted to living in caves to avoid capture.

The suspect will be detained pending further investigation, the report said.