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February 22, 2012

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Woman who halted thief gets her rewards

MOLLY Wang, a local woman widely praised as a heroic crime fighter for stopping a mobile phone theft and then being beaten, was rewarded by Metro police and thanked by the victim yesterday.

Police said that with Wang's help they have caught the woman suspected of stealing the phone in a busy subway station and beating the volunteer who caught her in front of a crowd of passengers last Saturday. Because the victim finally came forward to identify the thief, the woman might face charges of theft, police said.

A video clip widely spread via the Internet showed that Wang, 29, stopped the apparently pregnant woman as she tried to steal a phone from a commuter on a busy subway station of Metro Line 9.

The "pregnant woman" beat Wang in the head after Wang shouted to warn the victim, the video shows. Police let the woman go due to the absence of the victim. There was also a question about evidence because the thief immediately returned the mobile phone to the victim's pocket the moment Wang pointed her out.

The victim, a local resident surnamed Xue, went with Metro police to Wang's company yesterday to show her gratitude. The Metro police awarded cash to Wang for behaving bravely.

Xue said that when she was trying to get into a crowded train carriage, she heard someone shouting behind her, "Your mobile phone was stolen!"

"Then I saw a hand putting back the phone into my pocket very swiftly," said Xue, "The door closed and the train started, but behind the glass window I saw some woman being beaten."

Xue said that while Wang was desperately looking for her as the victim and witness to identify the thief, she was also trying to find Wang to thank her.

She said she took the train back to the station and waited there for the "hero" who helped her, but it was too late. After hearing of Wang's story via the news media, she reported to the police, saying she would identify the thief and meet Wang.

Wang's "heroic behavior" has changed her life as media reporters swarm to interview her and many single men are asking her to date them.

"The interviews have already occupied a lot of my working time, so I will leave the dating issues until later," said Wang.

"Still I don't care about the result over whether the woman will be punished," she said. "At least I prevented her from stealing this time and hopefully will stop her once and for all. And most of all, I showed people it's not difficult confronting thieves."


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