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Quick-thinking police rescue kidnapped woman

AFTER being stabbed, gagged, tied up and held hostage for 27 hours, a 35-year-old wife and mother was reunited with her family, thanks to police who foiled the kidnap attempt.

The alarm was raised after Ma failed to pick up her daughter from school after an afternoon's shopping at a local hypermarket, Changning District police said.

Her husband Ye told police that he got a call at 1:30am on August 28 from the kidnappers who demanded a ransom of 6 million yuan (US$878,374) for his wife.

"I heard my wife crying over the phone," said Ye.

Later that night the kidnappers reduced the ransom demand to 3 million yuan. The abductors told Ye to pick up Ma's white Mercedes-Benz car from a roadside in Minhang District. A plainclothes police officer who collected the car found blood stains inside, police said.

Police combed neighboring streets thoroughly but found no proof that Ma had been killed, so they checked hypermarket security video tapes to find evidence.

They discovered a black car owned by a man surnamed Dong had been involved in the alleged kidnapping outside the Carrefour supermarket.

Traffic surveillance tapes led police to track down Dong's hideout in Zhongshan Road N. in Putuo District about 3am on August 29. Dong told police that Ma was being held somewhere else guarded by an associate surnamed Wang.

Police burst into the room where Ma was being held and rescued her. Ma had blood from a stab wound and was bound and gagged, they said.

Dong said he was driven to the kidnap scheme after losing 1.6 million yuan.


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