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Details of bus gang stabbings revealed

PROSECUTORS yesterday approved the arrest of the six-member gang who allegedly stabbed four passengers on a bus who attempted to stop them robbing two women in Minhang District.

The four passengers, who tried to stop the thieves from stealing from the women, were honored for their -heroism on January 10 by the government.

The suspects told Minhang District prosecutors that they usually separated when getting on a bus and used the front and rear doors. Those who got on using the front door would move to the back and steal from passengers who were getting off in the middle. The other members who had got on from the back would also move toward the middle to help their accomplices.

"We usually went out for the 'business' together and picked out passengers on the bus to steal from," said Che Shuiquan, one of the gang members. "Once one of us did it, we would all get off to look for the next target. We wouldn't share the stolen items, which went to the person who stole them."

The thieves always carried knives, which gave them confidence, -prosecutors heard.

Police also discovered that five of the six suspects had larceny records.

The gang came to Zhuhang Station on the route of the No. 729 bus on the afternoon of January 3. When a bus arrived, the members got on and targeted two women who were about to get off.

A male passenger rebuked them after seeing one of the gang members try to steal from a woman's bag. The thieves stabbed the passenger and then his three relatives and friends, -prosecutors said.

All of the gang members were caught two days later, including Xiang Ningling, who drove a minibus for the gang.

Xiang protested that he was innocent, saying that he just did legitimate business and had no part in the alleged crimes.

He said he charged each member of the gang 100 yuan (US$15) a day for driving them and admitted that he knew they were thieves.

On January 3, he was called to pick up the other gang members and they told him they -had stabbed four people, prosecutors heard.

Prosecutors therefore -decided that Xiang abetted the robbery by helping the gang escape.

The suspects are from southwest China's Sichuan Province and Chongqing City.


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