Man Pleads Not Guilty to Kidnapping Woman, Trying to Kill Her
Posted Monday, November 22, 2010-11:01 pm
ALHAMBRA (CNS) – A Chicago man pleaded not guilty today to charges that he kidnapped and tried to kill a San Gabriel woman, who was left for dead after her father agreed to pay for her return.
DeQiang Song, who will turn 25 on Wednesday, is charged with one count each of kidnapping for ransom and attempted murder in the abduction of the 21- year-old woman.
The victim knew Song through a mutual friend and asked him to drive her to an Arcadia shopping mall on Sept. 8, authorities said.
Song allegedly took the woman to an area off the Foothill (210) Freeway, tied her up and called her father to demand ransom on Sept. 8. While haggling over the ransom amount, Song allegedly tried to strangle the woman, sliced her throat with a knife and left her for dead.
The woman, who was critically injured, was found after managing to walk and crawl about a half-mile through the desert to a house near Apple Valley in San Bernardino County.
Undercover detectives worked with the woman’s father, and arranged to leave ransom money for the kidnapper under a truck in a parking lot outside the Hawaii Supermarket on East Valley Boulevard in San Gabriel.
Song was arrested by undercover sheriff’s detectives after he showed up at the location about 1 a.m. Sept. 9, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca said the case was resolved in part because the victim’s father bucked a trend in the Chinese community by calling authorities, even though he might “lose face.’
Song and the victim both came to the United States from different parts of China on student visas, sheriff’s officials said.
Authorities said Song traveled to California during the last week of July this year and had been living in the San Gabriel Valley until his arrest. He is due back in Alhambra Superior Court on Jan. 5, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
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