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
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, Thepaper.cn reported.
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.
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.
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.