Beijing police said they attached great importance to finding the suspect in the video clip, which has caused the widespread controversy and attention, and had set up a special unit to solve the case, according to a statement posted on “Ping’an Beijing,” or “Safe Beijing,” the microblog account representing the Beijing Municipal Public Security Bureau.
“At 9 p.m. on April 7, a special police team arrested a suspect, surnamed Li, in Xuchang City, Henan Province, with help from the Henan police,” the statement went on to say.
The horrifying video uploaded on Tuesday shows a man trying to drag a woman along a corridor after she gets out of an elevator at around 11 p.m. on April 3 at the Yitel Hotel in Beijing’s Chaoyang District.
The woman said on social media that she believed it was an attempted rape, although some Internet commentators have said that the man may have mistaken her for a prostitute.
The Chinese public is outraged about the video, which has garnered 2.35 billion views and millions of comments and reweets thus far on Sina’s Weibo microblog site.
Executives from Yitel, a hotel run by Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc, bowed at a press conference on Wednesday as they apologized for the problems that had led to the incident, including poor service, a delayed response, and faulty security management.
The alleged victim, surnamed Meng and going by the name “Wanwan_2016” on the microblog website Weibo, was disappointed at the response from both the police and the Yitel hotel.
Sun Jian, CEO of Home Inns & Hotels Management Inc, also pulished an open letter on Friday morning and apologized again: “We have an undeniable responsibility for what happened.”
Meng published another post on her Weibo account yesterday afternoon, saying that she’d had further communication with Home Inns & Hotels representatives.
“My original intention in publishing the video and Weibo post was to resolve the problem and protect my rights. I will not accept any kind of economic compensation. My only hope is that Home Inns & Hotels will resolve the problems that led to the incident. I invite all Internet users and media members to keep a close eye on this. ”