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Bus heroes to give donations to charity

THE four people who were stabbed and injured by a gang of thieves while stopping them from stealing two women's bags on a bus in Minhang District said yesterday that they will give all the private donations they have received since the incident to the city's Red Cross charity.

The four injured people, who were still in the Dahua Hospital yesterday, were honored for their heroic acts, meaning that their medical bills will be covered with the city's "bravery fund." However, donations have continued to pour in, with the total amount exceeding 30,000 yuan (US$4,528) so far.

"We will donate the money to the Red Cross in appreciation of the love and care we have received from Shanghai," said Wang Dong, who was stabbed in the abdomen.

Another injured hero, Zhang Haiyan, gave food and gifts received from residents to other wards in the hospital "to pass on the love from the city residents."

Eight suspects had been detained by early yesterday morning for committing the robbery on a No. 729 bus in Minhang, police said. All the eight suspects are veteran thieves with criminal records, police announced.

But the gang is allegedly made up of more than 10 members and police are still chasing the others.

The robbery happened about 4pm on Monday when a No. 729 bus was pulling into a stop on Xinzhu Road.

Wang Fang, Wang Dong's brother, spotted one of the suspects robbing a woman and another female passenger's bags while getting off the bus and tried to stop him.

However, the brothers, a friend and a passenger, who tried to help, were attacked by the men around them. One of the gang pulled out a knife and stabbed three of them.

Seven suspects, from Chongqing Municipality, were caught by the police on Wednesday afternoon, after a two-day hunt. The other one was caught early yesterday morning in Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province, police said.

Police warned locals to be vigilant in the lead-up to the Spring Festival, as theft often increases in this period due to people needing extra money.

Police said yesterday that nearly 100 suspects have been detained for allegedly stealing on buses since last November and more than 88,000 yuan in stolen money has been recovered.


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