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Boy, 16, held over threats to kill

QINGPU District police have detained a 16-year-old boy suspected of trying to extort money from residents in the district's Zhujiajiao area in the past month.

The suspect surnamed Zhao had demanded money ranging up to hundreds of thousands of yuan from more than 10 people with threats to kill family members or destroy property, the Oriental Morning Post reported yesterday.

Under cover of darkness, he is alleged to have smashed house windows, scratched cross marks on cars and limousines, put dead cat in front of shops, and left threatening letters, the newspaper said.

Police received more than 10 reports in the past month and launched an investigation.

Zhao, who worked in a hot-pot restaurant, fell under suspicion and police found his writing on restaurant forms matched that on the threatening letters.

Police caught him in his temporary residence last week and Zhao is said to have confessed under police questioning. He came to the city six months ago and worked in the restaurant in another person's name.

Zhao's parents divorced and he was brought up by his grandmother, the newspaper. reported. His parents had no knowledge of his behavior.


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