Heartbroken Man Sets Fire To Cars, Blames Others, Is Caught Anyway

Car on fire


Breakups are hard. Setting fires to cars, then calling the police and saying some other guy did it, is one way to deal.

A young man living in an Urumqi apartment complex allegedly set fire to five cars over nine days after getting dumped by his girlfriend early one morning, iyaxin.com reported yesterday.

Police in Urumqi’s Xinshi District arrested a 21-year old suspect surnamed Zhang on June 8 after surveillance cameras at the Jinsejiayuan apartment complex on Liyushan South Road placed Zhang at the scene.

Zhang, a college intern living in the complex, told police his girlfriend left him on May 26 because he “doesn’t have honest work.” He then“saw some cars in the complex and, thinking about how his girlfriend looked down on him, suddenly wanted to burn them.”

Zhang explained he ignited the cars by lighting a rag or washcloth in front of the front tire, under a gap in the chassis, and walking away.

After identifying Zhang on video, police pieced together that it was Zhang who had previously reported the fires, had shown up at the scene after police arrived, and even helped neighbors who had been injured by the fire. One neighbor called him a “good Samaritan.”

On one occasion, Zhang explained he had seen “a man in his 30s, about 1.75 meters tall wearing camouflage” in the complex.

James writes about music for That’s Beijing(Picture for illustrative purposes only.)

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