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30. 04. 14. - 03:49
A starving man in east China staged a desperate kidnap so police would arrest him and send him to prison, where he would get fed. Peng Ni, 28, kidnapped a young woman to attract the attention of police - and got his wish of his first meal in a week when he was arrested and locked up. The bizarre kidnap-for-food crime took place in China's largest city Shanghai. Peng held the girl with a 30cm long knife to her throat while asking locals looking on to call police. Witness Ho Tsai who was with his girlfriend waiting for a train said: "The man was screaming and the girl was crying. He had this knife pressed close to her throat. It looked like if he exerted the least bit of pressure it would go into her skin and sever her artery. It certainly seemed very real. "There was nothing seemingly staged about it. He looked crazy and she was frightened out of her wits. The man must have been desperate for food to come up with a crazy scheme like this. "But Shanghai is a city of such contrasts these days. There is great wealth, and there are people like this guy who hasn't got a bowl of rice to eat." He added: "We both spoke to him, told him to let the girl go, but he was wild eyed and just kept demanding the cops." As police raced to the scene a middle-aged have-a-go-hero pounced on the kidnapper from behind and felled him. He took his knife and his tearful victim ran away. When police arrived the man said: "Thank you, thank you, please take me to jail. I need to eat!" According to the kidnapper, he had not eaten anything for a week and was "starving". A police spokesman said: "We have never dealt with anyone who wanted to go to jail quite so quickly. I guess he was out of his mind with hunger."
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