Planet China

The fugitive

He’s been a wanted man for 17 years, and now he’s wanted once more. According to China Daily, Kang Jianlin had evaded trial for rape since 1994, becoming a fugitive. Kang was finally caught late last month in the southern city of Shantou. The plan was to escort him back to Henan, his home province, but the detained man had other ideas. In spite of being guarded by four police officers, he managed to escape yet again in the city of Wuhan.

He did so using one of the oldest tricks in the book, asking the police to uncuff him so he could go to the toilet. After 10 minutes waiting outside the toilet door, gullible officers at last figured something was amiss. The door was forced open and to their horror, the police saw that Kang had exited through the bathroom window and clambered down from the second floor to street level.

His photo has been distributed to local residents, as police try to catch him once more. Let’s hope it doesn’t take another 17 years…


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