A woman in China has scared away an attempted rapist by pretending she has been infected with the coronavirus. The woman yelled at him and said that she recently returned from Wuhan.
The suspect was identified as Xiao. He entered in woman’s house when she was alone at home. He tried to sexually assault her but the woman yelled at him.
She said: “I just returned from Wuhan and have been infected, therefore I am home alone in self-quarantine.”
When a man tried to cover her mouth and squeeze her neck she pushed him away and pretended to cough. The culprit was scared and fled.
But before he left the home he robbed 3,080 yuan (£338) in cash. The incident took place in the township of Pingba on the outskirts of Jingshan, which is a three-hour drive from Wuhan.
Police said that the culprit had no money and he intended to rob when he left the home. But when he found the woman alone in her home he tried to assault her.
Police said that it is difficult to identify the suspect because all the people are wearing masks. Xiao turned himself in, accompanied by his father, in the wee hours of Monday. He admitted his guilt and is now in detention.