A 27 year old female college graduate serving as a village official was beaten and killed in a China’s crowded street by a man who was riding an electric tricycle at the time. The suspect does not previously know the victim. He committed this violent act all because of a simple argument. After committing the crime the murder suspect flee the scene. This incident led to huge responses on the Chinese internet. With tens and thousands of netizen’s help in 3 days the police have already found the murder suspect and brought him into custody.
The Crime[tianya] On August 10th 2009 2pm in the afternoon, Che Yating (车娅婷) was walking alone on a street in Chengdu (Sichuan province). Suddenly she was sideswiped by a man riding an electric tricycle. She turned around and said something to the man, and kept walking. When she walked in front of a shop called “361 degrees”, the man chased up to her riding his vehicle against traffic. Only said to her “Pretty girl, what did you say?” he got off the tricycle and threw Che on the ground, fiercely punched her on the head. He punched her and grabbed her hair pushing her head against the wall. Che could only attempt to protect her head with her hands but she had no chance to get away. Che’s last words were “I am going to call the police if you don’t stop.” Murder suspect continued to beat her for almost 1 minute. During that time only a 75 year old man came forward and tried to stop him. But the old man was punched in the face and threw onto the ground by the suspect. The old man’s face was bleeding, and at that time, the other bystanders started to yell at the suspect. Suspect sensed situation was getting out of hand, got on his bike and flee the scene. Che Yating passed out, when the paramedics arrived she has already stopped breathing and her heart has already stop beating. After emergency rescue at the scene, she was rushed to the hospital, but the doctor announced she was already brain dead. On the 11th afternoon, Che passed away.
27 year old Che Yating graduated from Sichuan University, was serving as a village official in Chengdu. Because of her academic achievement in June she was appointed as the intellectual property correspondent in the village government. Che Yating was married to her boyfriend she has been dating for 4 years legally. They planned to the ceremony at the end of next month.
The crime scene
The Reactions[Netease] On August 12th 4 pm in the afternoon a few netizens went to the crime scene hoping to collect more information and gather more evidence through the possible witnesses. Vitim’s husband was thankful for netizen’s actions and stated “I believe the police can catch the criminal and bring him to justice.” He expressed his anger towards the criminal taken her wife’s life. “This kind of violent criminal should be executed!”
This incident led to even more heated discussions on the internet, many netizens expressed sympathy towards Che Yathing, not only denounced the perpetrator, but also criticized bystanders being indifferent. Netizens were angry at the bystanders especially at the “361 Degrees” store near the crime scene who did not do a thing to stop the crime. “A girl was beaten to death, the shop workers all saw the incident but no one came forward to stop it, this makes people even more angry.” Commotion broke out at the scene of the crime that afternoon. Several netizens were emotional and stormed into the store to question the employees. “Our purpose today is hoping to find more witnesses and evidence, and hope they can come forward to testify for Che Yating.” Less than 15 minutes, this sporting goods shop was surrendered by hundreds of people. Many people not knowing the truth started to curse at the store employees. Some store employees were scared and started to cry. The store’s business was paralyzed for hours.
“361 Degrees” Store
The Arrest[QQ blog] On August 14th 1 am Chengdu police announced they have captured the murder suspect Li Bin (李斌) on August 13th. After initial interrogation, the suspect confessed to most of the crimes.
After the incident, Chengdu police quickly started the investigation. According to the eye witness’ descriptions, a sketch of the suspect was made. At the same time, police follow through the information “male over 30, blue electric tricycle, flee towards west direction” etc. They used recordings from the public surveillance camera tracked down criminal’s escape route. Suspect’s tracks disappeared in a residential district. The police was able to visit the residential area and learned one resident has a blue electric tricycle and matched with suspect’s descriptions.
Suspect: Li Bin, Male 33 year old, citizen of Chengdu, employee of an eye glasses store… was not home when the police showed up at his home. August 13th, Li Bin was seen on the street and was arrested by the undercover police officer.
Murder Suspect: Li Bin (in Front), person in back is the undercover police officer
Surveillance camera captured suspect’s tracks
The Blue electric tricycle
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Che’s father being interviewed
Che’s pet dog
Her badminton rackets
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