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Arrest of suspected abductor formalized

PROSECUTORS in Luwan District yesterday ratified the arrest of a man accused of robbing a passer-by and holding a woman at knifepoint to avoid being caught by police.

The man, surnamed Wang, had a long criminal history, prosecutors said.

About 1am on July 30, Wang allegedly robbed a mobile phone and ring from a woman at knifepoint on Changle Road, in downtown Jing'an District, and fled to the Yanzhong Greenery Area after police were called.

During his escape bid, Wang allegedly knocked a woman over and then took her hostage.

He told police he would kill the woman if they did not meet his demands.

He asked for an escape car but was eventually subdued by police about 2am.

Prosecutors said Wang told them he wrapped the knife in his T-shirt because he didn't want to hurt his hostage.

Wang, 27, told police he decided on a robbery course after he lost jobs in a restaurant and a foot massage salon and spent all his savings.

He also admitted to a previous robbery and rape.

Wang said he followed a woman home several days before the July 30 crimes, taking nearly 500 yuan (US$73.23) from her before raping her.

He was waiting to leave Shanghai by long-distance bus on July 30 when he had a change of mind and decided to rob again.

Police were investigating the first robbery and rape, which would be a separate case, prosecutors said.

Wang was jailed for robbery by Qianshan District People's Court in Anshan City of northeastern China's Liaoning Province in 2004. He was released in February 2008.


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