Facial recognition helps nail murder suspect after 17 years

A murder suspect from a case 17 years ago was caught at an expressway entrance to Shanghai thanks to the facial recognition technology.
Qingpu police

A murder suspect from a case 17 years ago was caught at an expressway entrance to Shanghai thanks to the facial recognition technology, police said on Saturday.

January 6 is a fatal day for the suspect, a woman surnamed Li who allegedly killed her boyfriend and fled 17 years ago.

Li and her colleague, also a woman, were in a taxi from work in Jiangsu Province back to Shanghai that afternoon via Shanghai-Changzhou Expressway and made a stop at the checkpoint to use the toilet.

At 3:20pm, Lu Chunhui, a police officer on duty at the checkpoint was alerted by the surveillance system that a wanted refugee appeared in the station.

Lu and an assistant went up to them and took them to a questioning room aside.

Li claimed that she was surnamed Zhang and didn’t have her ID card with her, but after a research of the person she claimed to be, police couldn’t find any information and were almost sure that she was lying.

At this point, Lu hinted his assistant to utter Li’s real name. Hearing her name, Li responded “yes?” and it was clear to all who she really is.

Li then confessed and said she has lived in Guangzhou, Shenzhen and Shanghai after committing the crime and worked as waitress and saleswoman, police said.

Police said Li has been escorted back to the southwestern province of Yunnan, where she had killed her boyfriend.

Police in Qingpu District, where the checkpoint is located, said the surveillance system with the new technology was installed in June last year and so far has enabled them to catch about 40 refugees.

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