Four men who witnessed a man grab a woman in Sanchong District, New Taipei City, went to her assistance and suppressed the man until police arrived, Friday evening, December 14.
At around 11:00pm, Ms Chiang, 20, had finished work at a hairdressing salon and was walking home on Zhengbei Road when a stranger approached her and put his arm around her shoulders. Chiang resisted and the man grabbed her in a headlock. Chiang managed to separate herself twice, but the man repeatedly chased her and grabbed her in a headlock again.
Video footage of the incident shows a man stumbling across the scuffling pair and taking out his cellphone to call the police. Then a group of four men approach from the road and tried to reason with the man to let the woman go.
After the man refused to desist, one man grabbed the attacker from behind and forced him to let go of the woman.
The attacker, a 27-year-old man named Wu made no attempt to flee, but ranted incoherently. He stated that he was a police officer and a security guard. When Wu attempted to approach the woman again, the men grabbed him and pressed him to the ground as they waited for police to arrive.
After taking Wu back to the police station, police found that he had no previous criminal record, nor any record of mental illness. Wu claimed that he had no memory of the attack. Wu was handed over to the prosecutor’s office to be charged with deprivation of liberty and assault.
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