Desperate Chinese College Student Takes Doctor Hostage

The stalemate between the kidnapper and the police.

The stalemate between the kidnapper and the police.

From QQ:

Wuhan University Student Takes Hostage Over Damages After Traffic Accident

May 18, a freshman of a certain college in Wuhan surnamed Chen accidentally hit an 80-something-year-old lady while riding a bicycle. Then, because of issues over the medical expenses, he had a conflict with the old lady’s family where, in a moment of desperation, he took out a fruit knife and took a female doctor surnamed Duan hostage, requiring that he reach his intended destination before he would release her. 97 minutes after the Qingshan Public Security Sub-Bureau was notified, the hostage was successfully rescued. Throughout the entire rescue process, Dr. Duan’s left index finger was cut, and there was a knife cut on her neck.

The police are talking.

On the evening of the 18th at about 7pm, a large number of special police arrived at Wuhan No.9 Hospital in Qingshan, with many local residents also gathered around, looking on and discussing. In the direction of one city residents’ pointed finger, this reporter saw a young man sitting in the back seat of a police car, with his arm around a young woman’s neck, and a small knife in his other hand. The police car was surrounded by police officers, taking turns communicating with the young man, asking him to remain calm and not hurt the hostage.

The police are talking to Chen.

According to an eye witness, the kidnapping took place at about 6 o’clock in the evening, when the young man rushed into the emergency room office on the first floor of the hospital, kidnapped the female doctor at knife point, then yelled at people around to call the police. After the police arrived, the young man walked out of the hospital building holding his knife, and confronted the police in the hospital plaza. Then, under the persuasion of the police, the young man got into a police car with the hostage under his control.

The on-lookers at the scene.

According to another eye witness, this young man was a student at a nearby college, and had knocked over an old woman yesterday [May 17] while riding a bicycle. Afterwards, he accompanied the old woman with her family members to the hospital for examination. Because the injury was actually somewhat serious, the old woman’s family members asked him for compensation. The eye witness said: “I heard that the compensation is 300,000 yuan. Maybe the college student freaked out. He was even laughing as he kidnapped the doctor, his mental state a little abnormal.”

The police is negotiating with Chen.

The kidnapper clearly had lost control, yelling in the police car: “I’m willing to sit in your car, because I don’t want this to get more serious. Don’t push me. Take me to a safe place, and then I’ll let her go, and you also let me go!” This picture is of the college student holding his knife against the female doctor in the police car, the police negotiating with him.

The police car carrying Chen and Doctor Duan is leaving the hospital.

After a brief discussion, most of the police officers agreed that even though the nature of kidnapping is vile, the kidnapper was a college student, and what more, wasprobably from a rural area. His behavior too was a kind of drastic act of self-protection, though extreme, so it was better to take a less-heated approach and to persuade the hostage-taker. In the end, the police decided to drive the police car carrying the hostage and the kidnapper away from the hospital plaza.

The police car is at a remote location.

After the car was driven to Xudong from Youyi Avenue, Chen first demanded to go to Wuhan University of Technology, then he said he wanted to go to Wuhan University. Headquarters instructed that taking him to Wuhan University was absolutely out of the question, and ordered the car to drive to a remote location to wait for an opportunity to stage a rescue.

The police is taking Chen away.

In the car, everyone continuously chatted with Chen to pacify him. Dr. Duan was also very calm, without struggling at all, and thus Chen slowly calmed down. When the car approached the intersection of Heping Avenue and Xinsheng Road, concealed special police rushed the car from three directions, some grabbing Chen’s arms, some disarming him of his knife, and some to rescue the hostage. In a mere 52 seconds, they succeeded. Dr. Duan only suffered some superficial injuries, and the knife seized was a fruit knife.

The police is making the arrest.

This picture is of the moment of capture. After investigation, Chen is 18 years of age, comes from Hubei Nanzhang, is now a freshman at a certain university in Wuhan. Chen confessed that while riding a bicycle heading east on Youyi Avenue on his way back to school, he had hit and knocked over an old woman. The old woman’s right wrist became red and swollen, and Chen waned to offer her 100 yuan to settle it privately. The old woman had Chen take her home. After this, the old woman’s son drove them both to Wuhan City No.9 Hospital emergency room for examination, with the doctor who examined her being Dr. Duan. The old lady’s spent 102 yuan taking X-rays, which showed that she had a right wrist fracture, needed to be hospitalized, and had to put a 1,000 yuan deposit.

Dr. Duan is being escorted by the police into the car.

The kidnapped doctor—the one in white in the center—being escorted by police into a car. The old woman’s family members asked Chen for the money, but Chen only had 5 mao left on him. They wanted to confiscate Chen’s ID card. Chen thought “they were pushing too hard, I had no choice”, so he drew out the fruit knife he had with him and stabbed at the old woman’s family members. He missed, they got into a fight, during which Chen backed into the emergency room, and kidnapped Dr. Duan.

The college student Chen.

In the interrogation room, Chen kept asking the police: “Just how many years of jail time will I have to serve? Will my sentence be very severe?” After talking with the police, he gradually calmed down: “To tell you the truth, I was ready to kill someone at that point. Then after the police talked to me, I gradually calmed down. What I did was wrong.”

Comments from QQ:

腾讯网友 石榴泡泡:

Both the family members and the hospital should charge reasonably. And is it really necessary for someone with a wrist fracture to be hospitalized? The family asking for 300,000 yuan truly is ridiculous. The student did the right thing in taking the old woman to the hospital, as someone who is is conscientious. But what about the conscience of those people who drove him into taking such extreme measures to deal with a problem?

腾讯网友 择木而栖。:

The old woman’s family members went too far. Were they hoping to use the old woman to make a fortune, asking for 300,000 yuan? And the hospital, for an old woman over the age of 80 to have a fracture of distal radius, wouldn’t it be enough to reset the bone and give her a cast? Instead they wanted to hospitalize her! The police, if it was your sister, would you have discussed whether to shoot him? The college student, I can understand that you were pushed into a corner, I hope they give you a lenient sentence.

腾讯包头市网友 单曲※循环:

The society is so sick that I have no strength to comment.

腾讯网友 依旧:

300,000 yuan, for a college student from the rural countryside, even if his whole family worked as slaves for the rest of their lives, they still wouldn’t be able to pay back that kind of money. The extortioner might as well just kill him. This was essentially forcing someone to commit murder?

腾讯网友 2玖次方:

Why didn’t he just go ahead and kill her [after hitting her initially], this is extortion! Just like this, this student’s life is ruined by an old woman who’s about to be buried anyway. A real shame…

腾讯网友 苎麻:

The old woman’s family demanding a ridiculous amount of compensation and trying to confiscate the student’s ID card themselves is illegal. The doctor’s mishandling escalated the situation. Hope the police will seek to educate him primarily and punish him lightly.

腾讯网友 磁针_石:

300,000 yuan. The old woman’s family must be so poor that they have gone crazy [become greedy]! To this old woman, I can only say that you’re a curse [to other people] for not being dead already!

腾讯网友 凤凰火。:

300,000 yuan in compensation. This is considered extortion.

腾讯网友 流浪的小女人:

300,000 yuan, it really is extortion. He’s still a student, and just like this they’ve ruined his future, the old woman’s family is so evil.

腾讯网友 1044239375:

Why doesn’t the old woman’s whole family just die?

Comments from NetEase:

潇洒傲笑江湖 [网易重庆市网友]:

Ever year, an evil dragon would demand from a village the sacrifice of a young girl, and every year, a young hero would rise from this village and set off to go fight the dragon, but no one has ever returned. When yet another hero set off, someone quietly tailed him. The dragon’s lair was filled with treasures. The hero slayed the dragon with his sword and then, as he sat on the dead body looking at all those shining treasures, he slowly grew scales, a tail, and a pair of horns, ultimately becoming the evil dragon.

a32107 [网易上海市浦东新区网友]:

Damn… again an old woman. Old women are more vicious than tigers.

难么卵 [网易江苏省苏州市网友]:

First give a sentence of extortion, these old women have all fucking gone crazy from poverty [too greedy]. Old lady Xu [refers to Xu Shoulan, the old woman in the infamous Nanjing case who sued a Good Samaritan who helped her when she fell down] is dead, now thousands of old ladies are ready to take her place. Fuck.

诉苦瘌痢头 [网易北京市网友]:

Tianyi, it was only an old woman, did you have to do this? Hurry and call your father to fix this…

凌厉的北风 [网易河南省周口市网友]:

He himself was a victim,
then became the perpetrator.
Let the doctor go, child.
If you have a problem, everyone will help you.

What do you think?


Written by Peter Barefoot

Peter is a born and raised Chengdunese who enjoys drinking with all his friends.


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