Lone hiker robbed, kidnapped, and dumped in remote area in Nantou County

A pleasant hike in a popular scenic area in Nantou County turned into a 12-hour ordeal when a man was confronted by two men, robbed, tied up, carjacked, and dumped a remote mountain area, Friday, March 19.

According to reports, the 30-year-old man named Hsia, was resting in a pavilion on Jinlong Mountain in Yuchi Township at around 11:00 am when two men approached him, and demanded his money.

Hsia was physically intimidated by the men, and forced to hand over his wallet, containing NT$1,400 cash and ATM card, and his phone. The men then tied Hsia’s wrists with a belt, and took his car keys.

Location where man was robbed and kidnapped.

The thieves blindfolded Hsia and drove to an ATM point, forcing Hsia to give them his pin number, and withdrawing cash before driving to a remote area in the Ren’ai Township area. The suspects tied Hsia to a tree and left. Hsia estimates that it was around 2:00 pm, and he had no idea where he was.

Map showing place where Hsia was kidnapped, lower left, and place where he was tied to a tree.

At around 3:00 pm, Hsia managed to free himself from the tree, and hands still tied, began walking downhill. Night fell, and around 9:00 pm, Hsia came across a house. But the elderly male resident, described as physically and mentally disabled by Apple Daily, didn’t have a phone, and was unable to help him, so Hsia continued walking.

Finally, at around midnight, Hsia came across some people who helped him report the incident.

Police investigators found that the suspects had withdrawn more than NT$30,000 from Hsia’s bank account at an ATM in Puli Township. Police accessed the ATM’s security monitor footage, and identified two men who are known drug offenders with extensive criminal records.

Mr Hsia’s car was located in Puli Township yesterday, and police are searching for the suspects.

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