WARNING: DISTRESSING CONTENT
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This video – seen more than 30 million times online – shows the harrowing ordeal of a woman showed mercilessly punched and kicked in the face by a man as she walked home sparking a police hunt.
The distressing footage has cops searching for the suspect, who after repeatedly kicking and punching the poor woman, can be seen pulling her skirt down and dragging her limp body off camera.
The 29-year-old victim named as Ms Wu has survived the ordeal, with police saying she suffered “soft tissue injuries on the face” during the attack at 12:44am on 22nd June.
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The incident, which is now confirmed to have taken place in the city of Dalian in north-eastern China’s Liaoning Province, sparked a nationwide search for the suspect and victim starting on 24th June.
Police stations across China combed through CCTV footage in major urban areas and began ruling themselves out as possible locations for the crime.
The Dalian Public Security Bureau finally confirmed today (25th June) that it had pinpointed the location as a pavement on Cangshan Road, under the jurisdiction of the Huadong Road Police Station.
The footage, which is now a trending topic on China’s Twitter-like microblogging site Weibo, shows Ms Wu walking home when she comes across the as yet unnamed suspect.
In the harrowing clip, she tries to step away from him but is slapped hard across the face. She falls to the ground as the man begins the violent assault without saying a single word.
Ms Wu is repeatedly punched in the face and on the head by the male perpetrator, who also kicks her again and again for over a minute before chillingly dragging her out of frame after having partially pulled down her skirt.
Authorities say Wu later called the police and was treated at a local hospital for soft tissue injuries on her face.
She has since been discharged, and Dalian police say a special task force is now searching the city for the man’s whereabouts. It is currently unclear if the victim was sexually assaulted.
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