A young woman who attempted to bring a knife on the subway, and then caused a commotion in the station, was detained for 15 days earlier this month.
Wang Zhangyan (name changed), 20, was found to be carrying a large knife into the Luomashi subway station on the evening of October 11. The knife was discovered when she put her backpack through the security check.
But when asked to allow employees to open her bag, she refused. "It's just a fruit knife!" she yelled. "You're not allowed to bring a fruit knife on the train!?" she said. As more Metro workers circled the area, including security officers, Wang began yelling that the police were beating her. Onlookers quickly began to gather around. An officer who attempted to restrain her suffered minor injuries as Wang tried to claw her way out of the officer's grasp. Wang's boyfriend, who had been at the scene the whole time, urged her to stop resisting.
After struggling for more than 10 minutes, officers successfully detained Wang.
The officer pulled a black folding knife wrapped in a small black nylon bag from Wang Zhangyan's backpack. The blade was very sharp. The knife measured about 20 cm long.
According to Wang's boyfriend, the knife had been purchased months ago at the Lotus Wholesale Market for under RMB20. Wang had remarked that it was "attractive" and "could protect her" before buying it and putting it in her bag. This was her first time to ride the subway.
"Carrying a forbidden weapon is already against the law. She also used force to resist police officers from carrying out their duties. These two crimes will be penalized together," explained a representative of the Metro security division.