Two men in Dongguan City, Guangdong Province decided to grab some quick money when night fell on July 15th. So they rode out their motorcycle and dashed to a pedestrian to grab his bag. What was in there head at the grab of the bag? Anything but the picture of being chased down by a superrich in Porsche and later cornered in a pond by his helicopter and launch.
It was about 6 p.m. when Mr. Liu Boquan was driving his son and a pilot friend on their way to dinner and saw the two on motorcycle robbing from a man on the side of the street. He immediately called the police and stepped on the gas to chase the two robbers. But there were too many cars on the road, Liu couldn’t manage to corner the motorbikeuntil 3 km away, though the Porsche was scratched. Robbers then dumped the bike and ran for their lives. One of them got caught when running up a hill not far away, the other ran into Bai Hua Li, a village in Changping Town with a lot of fields and ponds.
Liu, along with other police that followed up chased him into the center of the village, where they thought the robber met his dead end. But the robber suddenly dived into a 10 mu (about 6666.7 square meters) pond and swam towards the other bank. By then, the pond (pictured above) was surrounded by villagers.
About an hour later, the robber was still in water and seemed be exhausted. Liu shouted to get him on shore but the robber wouldn’t listen. For fear that the person might drawn himself, Liu decided to use his helicopter that parked a couples of hundreds meters away, the one that he used to send his son to school during traffic jam, to get the swimmer out of the water.
With the consent of police, Liu and his pilot flew the helicopter above the pond. The wings swirled up the water, Liu sat on the helicopter and shouted out for the robber meanwhile using some twigs to drive the robber ashore. There are at least 600 audience including reporters around witnessing the spectacular. With the hoots such as “beat him to death” “smash him”, the robber dared not to get closer to the bank for fear of being mass brawled.
20 minutes later, the robber still wouldn’t give in. Liu landed his helicopter but wouldn’t give up either. He suggested to police that he could use his private launch to rescue the robber. Before long, Liu’s launch arrived on a truck, by then police’s rubber boat was also there. Police thought the launch boat might stir up too many waves which could put the robber’s life in danger. Therefore police used their own rubber boat to get the robber.
At 9 p.m., the unlucky robber was finally taken captive.
Liu’s story of catching robber was quickly spread around the net and received mix comments. Some praised his bravery and thought his act helped to change the stereotype that rich always do bad thing. Skeptics on the other hand did a little math for Liu, taking in account the scratches on the Porsche, the gasoline of the helicopter and the delivery of the launch boat to the pond, Liu spent at least some hundreds of thousands yuan for the chase. So they concluded that Liu was showing off.
In his own defense, Liu said he didn’t need the fame. He did called the police at first. The reason he chased the robber and tried to rescue him was to perform the due obligation a civilian bears, and out of the instinct of justice. He also added that we all should support police, because they protect us, by giving out our money that we have, the strength that we bear, and the equipments we possess.
Liu is a vice-president of the chamber of commerce of Changping Town, owns couples of hotels in Dongguan City. He is also the first person in Dongguan to get pilot license for delta-winged motorized glider. (Source from Nanfang Daily)