The case of group beating of women in Tangshan not only challenged the law, but also challenged the social order and the public’s sense of security.
On June 21, the gate of Tangshan Old Seoul BBQ restaurant was locked. Although more than ten days have passed since the Tangshan beating incident, people still come to watch and take pictures from time to time.
Just two days ago, some netizens took a video of the closure of the barbecue restaurant. The proprietress transported all the tables and chairs away, and the blood on the ground was also cleaned up. Some media quoted people familiar with the matter as saying that the store has been replaced by a new owner and will reopen on another day after the renovation.
However, according to a reporter from “China News Weekly” who visited the site, the store is still owned by the couple. A familiar resident nearby said, “They have been working here for at least ten years. Too many people have come to do business recently. They want to take this opportunity to renovate.”
In the early morning of June 10, a vicious criminal case occurred in Tangshan, Hebei. In the old Seoul BBQ restaurant, several men brutally beat women, causing two women to be injured and admitted to the hospital. This “national civilized city” has also been pushed to the forefront of public opinion, and netizens are deeply angry at the murderous methods of the suspect. Local officials said the incident was “extremely egregious in nature and tarnished the heroic city”.
The day after the incident, under the unified deployment of the Ministry of Public Security and the Hebei Provincial Public Security Department and the cooperation of the Hebei and Jiangsu police, all nine suspects (7 men and 2 women) were brought to justice. Preliminary investigation by the police revealed that many of the persons involved in the case had criminal records such as picking quarrels and provoking trouble, illegal detention, and intentional injury. Among them, Chen Mouliang was released last year after serving his sentence.
Two days after the incident, Tangshan decided to carry out a half-month summer social security rectification “Thunder Storm” special operation, including fighting, picking quarrels and provoking troubles, intentionally harming women, insulting women and other illegal and criminal activities as key targets for rectification.
“People’s Daily” commented that the incident of gang beating of women in Tangshan is shocking, not only challenging the law, but also social order and the public’s sense of security. They need justice in the hospital bed, and the whole society needs an explanation. It will be handled in accordance with the law as soon as possible, and the perpetrators will pay a heavy price. People will wait and see.
According to the Hebei Provincial Commission for Discipline Inspection and Supervision on June 21, five public officials, including members of the party group and deputy head of the Lubei District Government of Tangshan City, and Ma Aijun, secretary of the party committee and director of the Lubei Branch of the Municipal Public Security Bureau, are under disciplinary review. and monitoring investigations.
Crazy group beating women in the early morning
On the afternoon of June 10, a video of beating people went viral on the Internet and rushed to the hot search on Weibo that day.
The video shows that at about 2:40 a.m. that day, a man in green walked up to the four women who were eating in the Old Seoul BBQ restaurant located on Airport Road, Lubei District, Tangshan City, harassed one of the women in white, and was rejected. Then he beat the woman. Subsequently, several other men also rushed into the store and started beating the women. A woman in black was knocked to the ground, while a woman in white was pulled out of the store by her hair and was violently beaten by several men.
According to a man who was present, he recalled to the media afterwards that that night, he and two male friends were eating outside the barbecue restaurant, and he did not know why the fight broke out in the restaurant. After the beating started, he and his companions were “shocked” “We wanted to help but didn’t know what to do, so we took a video with our mobile phone to collect evidence. After the filming, my friend and I ran away from the scene for more than 500 meters before we dared to call the police. “.
The man said that the beating lasted about 4 minutes, and one of the four women who was injured was in serious condition. “After the ambulance came, the woman who was beaten the most was lying on the ground and crying, and the other two were in serious condition. The injuries were not serious, and one person got into the ambulance by himself.”
On the afternoon of June 11, the staff of the emergency department of the Affiliated Hospital of North China University of Science and Technology responded to the media that on the evening of the 10th, the emergency department of the hospital admitted 4 female victims related to the case, two of whom were hospitalized for treatment, and the injured were more serious. One “was injured in the mouth and lost a few teeth”, and the two were in stable and non-life-threatening condition. On June 13, a staff member of the hospital told the media that the two women who were beaten and hospitalized had been transferred to the general ward and were “not in the ICU (intensive care unit).”
However, the bulletin issued by the Hebei Provincial Public Security Bureau on the matter on June 21 did not mention admission to the ICU. According to the report, after the victim went to the doctor, Yuan Mou (female, 24 years old) and Li Mou (female, 29 years old) left on their own after being checked by the hospital and did not need to be hospitalized for treatment; Wang Moumou and Liu Moumou were hospitalized in the general ward for treatment. The injury has improved. On June 20, the Academy of Forensic Appraisal Science issued a forensic appraisal opinion. Wang Moumou and Liu Moumou had minor injuries (level 2), and Yuan Mou and Li had minor injuries.
At 17:50 on the day of the incident, the Lubei Branch of the Tangshan Public Security Bureau reported that the case was a case of picking quarrels and provoking trouble and violently beating others. The suspects had been identified and arrests were being made. At 23:26 on the same day, the Lubei Public Security Bureau reported that the main suspects Chen Mouzhi and Liu Mou were arrested, 2 people have been under criminal detention, and other criminal suspects are under arrest.
At 5:15 on June 11, the Lubei Public Security Bureau reported that in the early morning of June 11, Li Mourui and other three persons involved in the case were arrested. The Tangshan City Public Security Department has organized police to go to other provinces to arrest four other foreign-province persons involved in the case. According to the police report, the four persons involved in the case abandoned their cars in a service area in a certain place in Jiangsu on the 11th and were arrested one after another while escaping over the high-speed guardrail. Among them, the last person involved, Shen Moujun, was found in a dense grass about 2 kilometers northwest of the abandoned car site on the afternoon of the 11th.
Xing Tao, deputy director of the Lubei Branch of the Tangshan Public Security Bureau, said: “With the strong assistance of the Jiangsu police, it took us 12 hours to successfully arrest four persons involved in the case who had fled to a certain place in Jiangsu. So far, All nine persons involved in the case have arrived.”
On the evening of June 11, 2022, the Guangyang Branch of the Langfang Public Security Bureau issued a notice saying that according to the jurisdiction designated by the Hebei Provincial Public Security Department, this case will be investigated and handled by the Guangyang Branch of the Langfang Public Security Bureau. In October 2021, at the “Three Excellent” Commendation Conference of the Public Security Bureau of Hebei Province, the Guangyang Branch of Langfang Public Security Bureau became the only unit in Langfang City that was awarded the title of “Excellent Public Security Bureau in the Province”.
Zhang Xinnian, a lawyer from Beijing Zhongwen Law Firm, told China News Weekly that under normal circumstances, criminal cases are under the jurisdiction of the public security organ in the place where the crime was committed. Jurisdiction aims to eliminate possible interference from local factors, so as to facilitate the development of investigation work, to facilitate the investigation of criminal facts, and to ensure the fair handling of cases.
Zhang Xinnian said, “The case was designated by the Hebei Provincial Public Security Department to investigate and handle the Langfang police. In terms of external procedures, it complies with the law.”
The resume shows that Zhao Jinjin, the current director of the Tangshan Public Security Bureau, served as the director of the Langfang Public Security Bureau from January 2017 to June 2021.
From June 13th to 14th, the second plenary meeting of the 10th Hebei Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China was held in Shijiazhuang. The main responsible comrade of the Hebei Provincial Party Committee stated that the incidents of picking quarrels and provoking troubles and violent beatings at barbecue restaurants in Tangshan City are extremely bad in nature and have a very serious impact.
On June 16, at the entrance of the Lubei Branch of the Public Security Bureau of Tangshan City, Hebei Province, many people were reporting problems. Photographer/China News Weekly reporter Zhou Qunfeng
The suspect is in bad shape
The relationship between the nine suspects and their past experiences have also attracted public attention.
In the video, the man in green clothes is the main suspect, Chen Mouzhi. On June 12, the Guangyang Branch of the Langfang Public Security Bureau named the full name of “Chen Mouzhi” in the notification. The report said that with the approval of the People’s Procuratorate of Guangyang District, Langfang City, nine suspects including Chen Jizhi have been arrested by the Guangyang Branch of the Langfang City Public Security Bureau.
Among the 9 suspects, 5 including Chen Jzhi are from Tangshan, 3 Chen Mouliang, Shen Moujun, and Ma Mouqi are from Dainan Town, Xinghua City, Jiangsu Province, and the other suspect, Li Mou, is from Taining County, Sanming City, Fujian Province. people.
An insider in Tangshan City told China News Weekly that Chen Jizhi had done a aquatic business earlier, but it was not successful. A few years ago, Chen also worked as a judging operator in the Macau casino (referring to the person who helps the casino to introduce new customers and other businesses).
According to Tianyancha, there are two companies associated with Chen Jizhi in Tangshan (both established in 2016). Among them, Tangshan Yunhong Aquaculture Co., Ltd. is wholly-owned by it, and its registered address is No. 55, Huayan North Road, Lubei District. On March 25, 2021, the company’s license was revoked.
Chen Jizhi also serves as the shareholder of Tangshan Exotic Culture Media Co., Ltd. (holding 30% of the shares). The company’s registered address is 102-2, Lugang Community, Lubei District. From 2019 to 2021, the company failed to publicize 4 times in accordance with regulations. The annual report was included in the list of abnormal business operations.
At present, the two companies cannot be found at the registered addresses of the two companies.
Zhang Xiaodong (pseudonym) of the Tangshan Municipal Law System told China News Weekly that the main leaders of the Tangshan Municipal Party Committee have made it clear that the incident of beating people at a barbecue restaurant must be dug deeply. .
Zhang Xiaodong also revealed that Chen Jizhi is not as rich as rumored by the outside world. “After he was brought to justice, the police found through investigation that he owed a lot of high-interest loans through some small loan companies.”
After the incident, China News Weekly visited Chen Jizhi’s residence in a community in Lubei District, Tangshan City many times, and found that the door of his house was locked, and there were many waste paper boxes, empty wine bottles and other sundries stacked at the door. Neighbors said that Chen Jizhi and his family had not been seen for many days.
After the Tangshan beating incident, someone made a video claiming to be “Brother Chen Jizhi”, but according to “China News Weekly”, the Chen family has an only child, and Chen Jizhi has no brothers.
The police initially found out that many of the people involved had bad criminal records. Xing Tao introduced that the criminals involved in the case with bad criminal records are mostly for picking quarrels and provoking trouble, illegal detention, intentional injury, etc. “China News Weekly” found that at least five people, including Chen Jzhi, Liu Mou, Chen Mouliang, Shen Moujun, and Ma Mouqi, had previous convictions by reviewing relevant judgment documents.
In December 2015, Shang Moukai, a native of Tangshan, was beaten and injured. After identification, the injury was classified as a minor injury. On December 20, 2018, Liu was sentenced to two years and one month in prison by the People’s Court of Lubei District, Tangshan City for the crime of intentional injury. The court found that on December 12, 2015, Liu, together with others, used the steering wheel lock to beat Shang Moukai’s head and other parts on the grounds of recovering the debt for the mortgaged vehicle, resulting in a concave comminuted fracture of his forehead and a comminuted fracture of his brain. Tissue contusion, comminuted fracture of ulna. Liu and others forced Shang Moukai to leave in a black Passat, and took it to Chen Jizhi’s factory compound in the east outer ring of Kaiping. The next day, Shang Moukai escaped and called the police.
The Hebei Provincial Public Security Department reported on June 21 that on December 12, 2015, Chen Jizhi ordered Liu, Gao, Hou Mouliang, and Wang to beat Shang Moukai and then illegally detain him on the grounds of recovering and demanding debts. , Shang Moukai was slightly injured by the injury identification.
According to the company’s investigation, in 2020, Chen Jizhi was also enforced by the Tangshan Intermediate People’s Court due to a dispute over unjust enrichment. The target of execution was 34,281 yuan. Because he did not perform all of it, he was listed as a dishonest person to be executed by the court and was restricted from high consumption.
According to the China Judgment Documents Network, during the 2018 World Cup, Chen Mouliang was sentenced to three years in prison and fined 60,000 yuan for opening a casino. During his sentence, due to good behavior, his sentence was reduced by half a year and he was released from prison on January 14, 2021. This means that just over a year after he was released from prison, he was detained again.
In 2001, 18-year-old Shen Moujun was sentenced to one year in prison, suspended for two years, for the crime of picking quarrels and provoking trouble. In 2003, his suspended sentence was revoked for the crime of assembling a crowd to fight and intentional injury, and he was sentenced to 4 years in prison. In 2010, he was sentenced to 3 years and 2 months in prison for assembling a crowd to fight. He was also detained for 15 days for drug use. In 2018, he was sentenced to one year in prison for a gambling crime.
Ma Mouqi is a “post-95” born in November 1996. In 2015, he was administratively detained twice for drug use. In September of the same year, it was decided to detoxify in the community for three years. In October 2017, he was criminally detained for the crime of gambling; in November 2017, he was criminally detained for the crime of affray, and on December 7 of the same year, he was arrested for the crime of affray and gambling.
When a reporter from the “Beijing News” visited Dainan Town, Xinghua City, Jiangsu Province, many local people had seen the video of the Tangshan beating incident, and people who were familiar with Chen Mouliang’s group quickly recognized them, “Ma Mouqi wears glasses and wears black. The clothes were the most ruthless of the few people out of town. The one in red was Chen Mouliang, who smashed the victim with a beer bottle.”
According to a report issued by the Hebei Provincial Public Security Department on June 21, after investigation, four people including Chen Mouliang (male, 43 years old) drove from Jiangsu to Tangshan, Hebei Province, and conspired with Chen Jizhi (male, 41 years old) and others to carry out online gambling money laundering. Illegal and criminal activities.
The Beijing News reported that since 2014, Chen Mouliang has been involved in World Cup betting, and Chen Jizhi, the main culprit of the Tangshan beating incident, and several Dai Nan friends have long been involved. According to Caixin.com, Chen Jizhi worked in a factory in Dainan about 10 years ago. He was not familiar with Dainan when he first arrived, and the salary was not high. As locals, Chen Mouliang, Shen Moujun and others had a lot of respect for him. take care of.
After the Tangshan beating incident fermented, the barbecue restaurant involved in the incident was also involved in the whirlpool of public opinion. On June 20, a piece of news about the demolition of the old Seoul BBQ restaurant aroused attention. On June 21, a reporter from China News Weekly found that the door of the barbecue restaurant was closed.
On June 12, the proprietress of the old Seoul BBQ restaurant posted a video, claiming that she had suffered a cyber attack and she was going crazy. She said her phone was blown up, making it impossible for her to operate and live normally, and people even threatened to hit her. The proprietress said that she pulled the frame at that time. “The woman in black in the video is me. I am an old lady in my 50s and 60s, and it is not easy.”
Operation Thunder and the whistleblower boom
The Tangshan beating incident continued to ferment, which also triggered a chain reaction. Recently, many people in Tangshan made real-name reports online through video.
On the evening of June 10, a cake shop owner surnamed Meng in Lubei District posted a video saying that since July 2021, a group of social idlers, led by released prisoners, formed a gang involved in blackmailing him. Its cake shop was twice vandalized and violently smashed by masked men. In response to the report, the Tangshan police said on June 12 that the main suspects, Shi and Li, had been arrested and brought to justice.
On June 11, a video of a woman with the surname reported that she was a resident singer at the Star Bar in Changning Road, Lubei District. The bar illegally detained her and many of her colleagues for 16 hours, and beat and abused them. On June 12, the police said that four suspects had been arrested and brought to justice.
Zhang Xiaodong told China News Weekly that as of the evening of June 12, in Tangshan, more than 100 videos had been reported by the parties holding identification cards.
On the afternoon of June 12, Tangshan City held a public security rectification deployment conference. The municipal party committee and the municipal government have decided to launch a half-month summer social security rectification “Thunder Storm” special action (hereinafter referred to as “Thunder Action”) from now on, and announced the reception locations and telephone numbers in the city to accept calls and letters from the masses around the clock. , to receive visitors. Wu Weidong, Secretary of the Tangshan Municipal Party Committee, delivered a speech at the deployment meeting, and An Zhongqi, Executive Deputy Director of the Hebei Provincial Public Security Department, attended and delivered a speech.
The meeting pointed out that in recent days, the nature of the beating cases in barbecue restaurants is extremely bad, and the
The hero’s city was smeared. “The keen attention of the general public is a strong supervision and encouragement for the work of our city.”
After Operation Thunder began, the police were on duty at the intersection of Weiguo North Road and Beixin West Road in Tangshan City. Photographer/China News Weekly reporter Zhou Qunfeng
It is reported that the contents of the “Thunder Operation” rectification include fighting, picking quarrels and provoking trouble, intentional injury, insulting women, extortion, bullying the market, forcibly soliciting projects, forced trading, gathering crowds to gamble, organizing and accommodating prostitution, drug trafficking, theft, robbery, fraud, Cybercrime and other illegal and criminal acts, cover up and condone illegal crimes, and violate discipline and illegal acts of negligence and dereliction of duty.
On the evening of June 14, Wu Weidong presided over the meeting and emphasized that for all kinds of illegal and criminal acts, we must adhere to the “three investigations in one case”, be strict in accordance with the law, punish quickly, and achieve the bottom of the stock clearance as soon as possible. “Three investigations in one case” refers to not only investigating and handling the crimes of underworld forces, but also investigating the “protective umbrella” behind the underworld forces, and also investigating the main responsibility of the party committee and government and the supervision and management responsibility of the department.
At 2:00 a.m. on June 15, Wu Weidong, Tangshan Mayor Tian Guoliang, and Guo Yongbo, member of the Standing Committee of the Municipal Party Committee, Secretary of the Municipal Commission for Discipline Inspection, and Director of the Municipal Supervision Commission, came to the grassroots police station to supervise and inspect, and stressed that 24-hour duty should be strengthened and patrols should be strengthened. On June 17, Wu Weidong re-emphasized that any clues to illegal crimes should be reported immediately, to ensure that no one case is missed, to win quickly, and to investigate and punish them thoroughly.
After the “Thunderstorm” operation was carried out, the door of the Tangshan City Public Security Bureau was crowded with people who came to petition. Some people said that they had been waiting here for four or five hours.
Not only in Tangshan City Public Security Bureau, China News Weekly visited and found that in Tangshan City Public Security Bureau Road North Branch, Airport Road Police Station, etc., there are also “Thunder Action” reception windows and reporting mailboxes.
On the afternoon of June 16, a reporter from China News Weekly saw at the Lubei Branch of the Tangshan Public Security Bureau that there were many people reporting problems at the door of the petition reception room of the “Thunder Action” Command Center in the Lubei District of the bureau. A bureau leader in plain clothes came forward to receive them. Many people said that they went to the Tangshan Public Security Bureau to report the situation that morning. There were a lot of people there, and the Lubei branch staff suggested that they come here in the afternoon to report.
After the launch of “Operation Thunder”, police cars patrolled back and forth day and night in many streets in downtown Tangshan. Many citizens said that the number of police cars patrolling now has increased significantly than in the past. A policeman on duty at Weiguo South Road and Beixin West Road told China News Weekly that they are now living in their work unit and are not allowed to go home. A Tangshan police source also said that during the “Thunder Operation”, some policemen also canceled their vacation plans.
Interviewees such as Zhang Xiaodong said that on June 15, the Standing Committee of the Tangshan Municipal Party Committee emphasized that in the entire municipal legal system, the staff responsible for public opinion also need to be on duty 24 hours a day. After the operation began, Tangshan’s bathing, pedicure and other stores were basically closed.
Prior to this, the Tangshan Public Security Bureau had released the results of relevant special actions, saying that within a month and a half of the “Bright Sword 2019” operation, Tangshan investigated 20 cases involving guns and explosions, investigated 479 cases of pornographic gambling, and arrested 509 fugitives. “Bright Sword 2020”, in the first stage, Tangshan achieved the highest results in the number of criminal cases and the number of gangs destroyed in Hebei Province.
On December 30, 2020, Tangshan City held a press conference on the progress of the city’s special struggle against gangsters and evil, revealing that as of now, the city has destroyed 21 criminal organizations and 145 gangs, and solved various illegal and criminal cases. In 1669 cases, the discipline inspection and supervision organs investigated and punished 836 people involved in gangs, corruption and “protective umbrellas”. The press conference stated that “the leading group of the city’s special struggle has been rated as an advanced unit in the province’s special struggle against gangsterism and evil for two consecutive years.”
After the Tangshan beating incident, CCTV commented: “The evil forces are a social cancer that the masses hate. If they are not completely eradicated, it will seriously damage the people’s sense of security.”
Source: China News Weekly
Original title: “Reporter Tangshan investigates the beating incident, the main suspect used to be a judging operator in a Macau casino”