- Construction worker surrounded by police and army in city of Sanya, China
- He took off all his clothes and forced his girlfriend to strip to her underwear
- He then led her into city square where police had laid on a getaway car
- But officers gave chase and threw him to the ground before arresting him
05:05 GMT, 22 January 2014
08:44 GMT, 22 January 2014
A construction worker held his girlfriend hostage on a Chinese rooftop after her parents reportedly refused to approve their marriage.
Hundreds of onlookers and armed police watched as the man stripped to his underwear and ordered his girlfriend to do the same so she would be shamed in front of their neighbours.
He announced he was going to kill her and claimed the 29-year-old regularly had affairs when he went to work, according to various local media reports.
Terrifying: The man, who later stripped naked, was surrounded by armed police in Sanya, China
Siege: Identified in reports only as Lin, the man took off his shirt in the five-hour standoff with police
Knife: The man waved the meat cleaver around as shocked onlookers called police. He reportedly took his girlfriend onto the roof after her parents refused to give their blessing to the couple’s marriage
Naked: The man then stripped to his underwear and forced his terrified girlfriend to do the same, reportedly to shame her in front of their neighbours. Some reports said he had suspected her of having affairs
Bizarre: At one point during the rooftop siege the man took off all his clothes, right, before being tackled
At one point the man, identified as a 32-year-old named Lin, stripped completely naked.
He held his girlfriend by the throat and waved the meat cleaver in the air as trained negotiators tried to talk him down from the roof of the quiet residential block.
The man’s relatives were brought to the scene on Monday to try and talk him down but had little luck.
As police and soldiers surrounded the rooftop, the half-naked kidnapper demanded a getaway car for himself and his girlfriend.
Eventually police provided one and, still holding his terrified partner, the man put his jeans back on and climbed down from the roof into a city square.
But as he made his way towards the car officers gave chase, managing to pull him away from his girlfriend and throw him to the ground.
Still topless, he was handcuffed in front of hundreds of stunned onlookers and led away.
The man now faces a lengthy jail term – and according to reports, not even his own parents had approved the marriage in the first place.
As the man came down into the square, still holding his girlfriend, he was chased by police and the army
Showdown: Law enforcement officers make their first contact with the man, who finally lets go of his hostage
Saved: The man’s girlfriend appears hysterical as he rounds the corner and is thrown roughly to the ground
Arrest: The man’s girlfriend watched as he was detained, still not wearing a shirt, after the five-hour siege
Grim spectacle: Hundreds of onlookers had gathered in the square as the standoff reached its finale
The man has reportedly announced that he planned to kill his girlfriend. He now faces a lengthy prison term
Caught: Passers-by look on as the construction worker, still topless, is led away in handcuffs