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'Unhappy' man hijacks taxi in Hangzhou

A MAN hijacked a taxi in Hangzhou yesterday and ordered the driver to take him to Shanghai because he was "unhappy," a local newspaper reported today.

Police in Jiaxing City of Zhejiang Province stopped the taxi on a highway from Hangzhou to Shanghai and detained the man, according to an Oriental Morning Post report today.

The man got in a taxi in Hangzhou at around 3:30pm yesterday and asked the cabbie to go to Shanghai. The driver surnamed Liu told the man his shift was ending, but the man took out a knife and ordered him to drive, the report said.

Liu obeyed verbally and reported to police secretly through the taxi's GPS system.

The man said he quarreled with people in a hotel and was very unhappy, Liu told the newspaper, adding that the man took his mobile phone.

When the taxi approached Tongxiang, about half way to Shanghai, the man suspected the driver was cheating him and ordered Liu to turn around, the report said.

Liu exited the highway at a construction site and secretly gestured to workers about the hijacking and one of them reported to police.

Two police cars in Jiaxing eventually cornered the taxi at a service station along the highway, the report said.

The man asked police to send him back to Shanghai. Officers succeeded in calming the man after about 20 minutes.

He denied hijacking the taxi, claiming he just had some fun with the knife, Zhen Tonghui, a Hangzhou Public Security Bureau officer, told the newspaper.

The man's ID card was a fake and police are still trying to determine his identity, the report said.


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