Guangzhou’s Tianhe District, Zeng Li made posted on the internet an advertisement to sublet her apartment, never
thinking the prospective tenant would be a robber, who after hurting her and robbing her money would also try to
As luck would have it, the window the robber closed attracted the attention of neighboring Xiao Huang and
afterwards the Tianhe Police appeared on the scene to arrest the robber.
Neighbor climbed onto the roof and discovered the situation through an air vent
Witness Xiao Huang lives on the other side of the building #9. Xiao Huang said that around 8pm on that night, he
went to look after the pigeons on the roof, but as he was on the stairs discovered that the open window of the
apartment for rent where the incident occurred near the passageway was unexpectedly closed, “Normally it is
always open, so this made me suspicious.”
Xiao Huang says he also heard the noise of things being overturned, so he decided to go see what was going on.
He climbed over the 1.5 meter high wall in the middle of the passageway, climbed the stairs, and arrived at the roof
garden. The light in the apartment where the incident occurred was on, and through the gap in the ventilation fan
blades in the vent, Xiao Huang saw the situation in the apartment.
“She was tied to the bed, and there was blood all over the floor,” Xiao Huang said. He was startled, and did not call
the police immediately but rather found Xiao Chen, another resident that lived on the other side of building #9.
Xiao Huang said that after urging Xiao Chen to call the police, he went downstairs to notify the residential
community’s security. In order to prevent the man in black [the robber] from getting away, 3 security guards were
placed at building #9. The police then arrived at the scene.
Rescuer suspected of being a Peeping Tom
After word of Xiao Huang reporting the robber to police spread, many netizens felt the matter of Xiao Huang calling
the police being somewhat strange: First, why didn’t Xiao Huang immediately call the police when he discovered
what was happening, but instead had someone else call the police; Second, why was he so sensitive to whether or
not Zeng Li’s apartment window was open or closed, even climbing over a 1.5 meter tall wall to then climb up to
the building roof to see the incident through an air vent? Was this a result of long-term habitual peeping?
According to a female in the residential community who isn’t willing to give her name but is familiar with the
incident, she too is a resident of that building, as well as an employee of a nearby gym/health club. Several months
ago, when Zeng Li went to the gym to apply for a membership card, the two of them met and got to know each
other. Because they lived close to each other, Zeng Li also often goes over to her place to visit.
This female familiar with the incident told this reporter that Zeng Li told her not just once that she had been spied on
by a male while bathing at night. Zeng Li also told this reporter that this person familiar with the incident has said
before that she’s seen Xiao Huang at the air vent peeping on Zeng Li’s room. However, she says she can’t actually
be sure Xiao Huang is the Peeping Tom.
With regards to being suspected of being a Peeping Tom, Xiao Huang denies it, even saying that being wrongly
accused of being a Peeping Tom “is very hurtful”. As to to why he coincidentally encountered this case, he says it is
in fact because his own work requires him to pay attention to details.