Wednesday afternoon, an American tourist was stabbed and killed in a hutong near Dashilan. According to information released last night on Weibo by the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau, 62-year-old Howard Thomas Mills was attacked by a 35-year-old man from Heilongjiang Province who had previously been arrested on robbery charges.
Global Times confirmed with Beijing Emergency Medical Center that the man was pronounced dead at the scene. They also interviewed a nearby resident who said she didn't see the attack but did see the police apprehend the suspect near Liulichang.
A local Ohio news station has identified Mills as a resident of Indian Hill, a small community just outside of Cincinnati. They say he was in Beijing with his wife on a business trip.
In case you'd like to read it, here's the full text of the police press release (in Chinese).
The Global Times article cites an alarming number of other stabbings that have happened in the Dashilar area, including attacks on two other foreign tourists in the last three years, and another guy who stabbed 16 people (two of whom died) on the street. It's terrifying that this kind of thing happens so frequently just next to Tian'anmen Square, which is surely one of the places in the world with the most strict, vigilant public security.
Was there the other weekend with 3 friends visiting from Denmark. Scary stuff.. I must admit, Beijing is not as warm as usually and I looked forward to going back to Shanghai. People are much friendlier here, and service is much better!