Double murder suspect caught 28 years after fleeing Shanghai

Police said they never gave up hope of finding the suspect, and owe the arrest to the latest upgrades in China's crime combating technologies.

A man who allegedly killed a woman and a three-month-old baby 28 years ago in suburban Shanghai has finally been caught, police said on Monday.

The suspect, surnamed Wang, has allegedly owned up to the murders that occurred when he was stealing a game machine from the woman’s home.

Police said they never gave up hope and owe the arrest to the latest upgrades in China's crime combating technologies.

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Murder suspect Wang.

The murder took place on June 14, 1990, in a residential complex in Qingpu Town of Qingpu County, now known as Qingpu District.

Wang, who was a vocational school student at the time, was soon determined as a suspect in the case, but he quickly fled Shanghai before police could catch up with him.

Qingpu police said they have been investigating Wang and his family since the murders and listed him as a top wanted fugitive in 1998.

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Investigation documents relating to the case back in 1990.

Investigations accelerated in 2017 when a new criminal investigation technology was introduced by the national ministry of public security, which the police said directly led to Wang’s arrest.

By the end of last year, police had used the technology to determine 16 people who could possibly be Wang. They received a reply from police in Ningguo City, Anhui Province in early March this year.

Ningguo police informed them of a highly suspicious person called Xu Tao who moved to the province from out of town and was roughly the age of Wang.

Qingpu police said they managed to obtain the biological information of the man with the help of local police, successfully matching it to Wang's a few days later.

Wang was caught on March 21 and has since been under detention, police said.


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