Chinese Fugitive Arrested Through Scent of His Dinner

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Chinese Fugitive Arrested Through Scent of His Dinner


Facial recognition is not only beneficial for smartphone users, but also to the police. The police have been using this feature to find criminals and fugitives. For instance, over two dozen criminal suspects were successfully identified and arrested in August 2017 through facial-recognition cameras during the Qingdao International Beer Festival in China. Aside from that, a human trafficking suspect who had been on the run for 17 years was recently found using the feature. 


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However, facial recognition will not always produce immediate results. Since May, the Chinese police have been searching for Guo Bing, who was suspected of gang crimes, fraud, and extortion, through facial recognition technology. After all, it can positively identify 98.1 percent of human faces within 0.8 seconds. In the case of Bing, the police had a hard time locating him in the city of Nantong. With a population of more than seven million, they couldn’t find where the fugitive was hiding. 


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Although the police knew what building Bing was located in, they couldn’t narrow down which exact unit he occupied due to its high number of tenants. Detective Ge Lei stated that they also didn’t want to cause a scene among the building’s residents. “The busy surroundings didn’t allow us to do more,” he explained. All That’s Interesting, a site for curious people who want to know more about what they see on the news or read in history books, reported that the police installed a 24-hour surveillance camera near the fugitive’s building. 


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Fortunately, they spotted Bing going back to the building from a local market with ingredients for a hotpot. The police then thought to find the suspect through the smell of the hotpot. “We saw him buying vegetables and hotpot soup base at a market one afternoon so we guessed he was going to have hotpot that day,” Ge said. They began searching the building and found Bing on the 7th floor. 




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