Chinese police arrested a man wanted for 28 years for having hugged a woman against her will - a serious offense at the time - to discover that the victim had finally married her attacker, said Friday the official press.
Zonghao Chen was prosecuted since the 1980s, at a time when China has tightened its arsenal against criminal behavior "to public morality," said China Daily.
He hugged a work colleague, while it did not consent, on the island of Hainan (southern China). The parents of the woman had filed a complaint to the police station, forcing Chen to flee his hometown in Guangdong Province.
After almost three decades, Hainan police have traced him and have arrested Oct. 3 in Guangdong. They then surprised to discover that the fugitive was married to her former victim, the couple ran a store and all they had three children.
Reached by telephone by AFP, the police station in Wanning on the island of Hainan has confirmed the facts and stated that the police had not yet decided what action to the case.