Uni student, 24, suspected of killing mom arrested after three years on the run

BY SILVI WRITER

A former Peking University student suspected of killing his mother has been captured after three years on the run, said a Fuzhou Public Security Bureau official on Thursday, China Daily reported.

Wu Xieyu, 24, was caught at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport when boarding a plane on April 21, the newspaper reported, quoting sources close to the police.

When they detained him, police found more than 30 ID cards Wu bought online.

It is believed Wu remained in the country for the past three years.

Wu’s former classmates at his high school and Peking University — one of the country’s top institutions — described him as “nice” and “always ready to help.”

Police in Fujian declined to reveal details of the case, telling Caixin on Friday late Thursday that they are still investigating it.

Fuzhou police on March 3, 2016 offered a 50,000 yuan ($7,429.86) reward for information that may lead to the arrest of Wu Xieyu, with their statement saying Wu, 22 years old at the time, was a suspect in the murder of his mother, Xie Tianqin.

Xie’s body was found by police on Feb. 14, 2016 in her home in Fuzhou city, about seven months after the murder took place.

Xie was believed to have been murdered by her son after they had a confrontation July 11, 2015, according to police sources.

The body was wrapped carefully with plastic, and activated charcoal, which absorbs odors, had been placed inside the wrapping.

Wu installed CCTV cameras in the room and connected them to his computer.

Caixin reported in 2016 that Wu had borrowed 1.44 million yuan from his relatives and friends, saying he was going to study at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and that his mother had also moved to the United States to live with him.

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