At around 05:00 this morning, police found a 21-year-old German man dead in a Beijing taxi. The car had hit a tree beside Beijing’s East Fourth Ring Road, between Siyuan Bridge and Xiaoyun Bridge. A woman lay injured on the backseat.
Approximately one hour after police discovered the vehicle, the taxi’s driver appeared on the scene, claiming that the foreign man had stolen the car.
According to the driver, the woman hailed the taxi near Lido Hotel at around 04:00, asking to be taken to Baiziwan. Before the driver set off, a man suddenly began banging on the car door. After dragging the driver out of the car, the man drove off with the woman in the backseat.
“I had no idea what was going on,” said the driver.
The woman is currently recovering in a Beijing hospital, and according to doctors, is not in a critical state.
Because the incident took place in a remote area, there were no witnesses. Police are investigating the matter.
The above is based on an article today’s Beijing News that I found reposted online: